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       Rules for Season 2012.




      “Play hard, play fair”.
The Hevey Building Supplies NCL League, Rules for Season 2012 Issue 01 – 21st November 2011




             Table of Contents                                                                                                     Page Number

SECTION 1 LEAGUE RULES – (APPLIES TO ALL NCL DIVISIONS) ........................................ 7

1      INTRODUCTION ........................................................................................................................... 7

1.1        ECB CODE OF CONDUCT ....................................................................................................... 7
    1.2       AFFILIATION......................................................................................................................... 7
    1.3       FINANCIAL YEAR AND LEAGUE AUDITORS ................................................................ 7
    1.4       INSURANCE RECOMMENDATION .................................................................................. 7
2      NCL STRATEGY COMMITTEE AND OTHER COMMITTEES ............................................ 7
    2.1 COMPOSITION OF THE STRATEGY COMMITTEE...................................................................... 8
    2.2 ADMINISTRATION OF THE LEAGUE ......................................................................................... 8
    2.3 MAKE UP OF THE LEAGUE’S COMMITTEE’S ........................................................................... 9
    2.4 NCL COMMITTEE MEETING QUORUM DETAILS .................................................................... 9
    2.5 STRATEGY COMMITTEE POWERS TO CALL MEETINGS AND FORM ADDITIONAL
    COMMITTEES ........................................................................................................................................ 9
    2.6 STRATEGY COMMITTEE POWERS TO MAKE ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES ........................... 9
    2.7 STRATEGY AND OTHER COMMITTEE POWERS ....................................................................... 9
    2.8 CO-OPTING REPRESENTATIVES ............................................................................................... 9
3. ANNUAL (AND EXTRA-ORDINARY) GENERAL MEETINGS ................................................. 9
    3.1       NCL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ......................................................................................... 9
    3.2       NCL EXTRA ORDINARY GENERAL MEETING ......................................................................... 9
    3.3       NCL CLUBS NOT REPRESENTED AT A GENERAL MEETING................................................. 10
    3.4       NCL MEETINGS WITH CLUBS ................................................................................................ 10
    3.5       NCL CLUB’S OWN OFFICER DETAILS ................................................................................... 10
4. FORMATION OF NCL COMMITTEES, MEETING FREQUENCY AND VOTING ............. 10
    4.1       STRATEGY COMMITTEE AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS FORMATION AND VOTING ............. 10
    4.1.1     NCL STRATEGY COMMITTEE MEETINGS ............................................................................. 10
    4.1.2     NCL COMMITTEE MEETINGS ................................................................................................ 11
    4.1.3     NCL STRATEGY COMMITTEE MEETINGS - VOTING ............................................................. 11
    4.1.4     NCL COMMITTEE MEETING VOTING ................................................................................... 11
    4.2       NCL GENERAL MEETING VOTING ........................................................................................ 11
    4.3       VOTING ON RULE AMENDMENTS TO SECTION 1 ................................................................... 11
    4.4       VOTING ON RULE AMENDMENTS TO SECTIONS 2 TO 6 ......................................................... 11
    4.5       VOTING BY NEW CLUBS / TEAMS ENTERING THE LEAGUE .................................................. 11
5. NCL JOINING FEE, ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS AND ECB MONIES .................................. 11
    5.1     INITIAL JOINING FEES ............................................................................................................ 11
    5.2     NCL ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS AND OTHER MONIES ............................................................ 11
    5.3     MONIES FROM THE ECB ........................................................................................................ 12
       5.3.1     ECB Requirements Relating to Premier League Accreditation ....................................... 12
6. STRUCTURE OF THE LEAGUE ................................................................................................... 13
    6.1     NCL DIVISIONS AND SECTIONS .............................................................................................. 13
    6.2     DETERMINATION OF DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONS ..................................................................... 13
    6.3     PROMOTION AND RELEGATION BETWEEN THE PREMIER DIVISION AND DIVISIONS 1 AND
    2 FOR SEASON 2012............................................................................................................................. 13
    6.4     PROMOTION AND RELEGATION BETWEEN DIVISIONS 3 TO 14 FOR SEASON 2012 ............... 14
       6.4.1   Change of Promotion and Relegation Arrangements – All NCL Divisions ..................... 14
    6.5     NCL CRITERIA FOR PROMOTION .......................................................................................... 14
    6.6     PROMOTION TO THE NCL PREMIER DIVISION ..................................................................... 14
    6.7     NCL TEAMS UNABLE TO BE PROMOTED ............................................................................... 15


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    6.8       NCL TEAM RESIGNATION AFTER THE AGM ........................................................................ 15
    6.9       APPLICATIONS TO JOIN THE LEAGUE .................................................................................... 15
    6.10      RESIGNATIONS FROM THE LEAGUE ....................................................................................... 15
    6.11      CLUBS OR TEAMS AMALGAMATING ...................................................................................... 15
    6.12      EXPULSION FROM THE LEAGUE............................................................................................. 15
7      ARRANGEMENT OF NCL FIXTURES .................................................................................... 15
    7.1     FIXTURE WINDOW FOR ALL NCL DIVISIONS ........................................................................ 16
    7.2     INITIAL COMMUNICATION OF FIXTURES AND DETAILS OF FREE GROUNDS........................ 16
    7.3     HOW TO MAKE A FIXTURE CHANGE ..................................................................................... 16
    7.4     CHANGE OF VENUE TO ACCOMMODATE A FIXTURE............................................................. 16
    7.5     CHANGE OF NCL FIXTURE DATE .......................................................................................... 16
    7.6     RE-ARRANGEMENT OF NCL FIXTURES BY DATE OR VENUE ................................................ 17
    7.7     FAILING TO FULFIL A NCL FIXTURE DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES OTHER THAN ADVERSE
    WEATHER CONDITIONS...................................................................................................................... 17
    7.8     FIXTURE CANCELLED OR TERMINATED DUE TO EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES ............. 17
       7.8.1     Clubs with Multiple Teams – Conceding a Fixture ......................................................... 17
    7.9     FITNESS OF GROUND FOR PLAY ............................................................................................. 17
    7.10 NOMINATION OF TEAMS, BEST ELEVEN PLAYERS AND INCOMPLETE TEAMS..................... 17
    7.11 STRENGTHENING OF TEAMS................................................................................................... 18
       7.11.1 Deliberate Strengthening of Teams ................................................................................. 19
       7.11.2 Strengthening of Teams – Approval Not Sought .............................................................. 19
8      UMPIRES & SCORERS............................................................................................................... 19
    8.1       APPOINTMENT OF UMPIRES FOR THE NCL PREMIER AND DIVISION 1 ................................ 19
    8.2       UMPIRES FOR ALL OTHER NCL DIVISIONS ........................................................................... 19
    8.3       RECRUITMENT OF CRICKET UMPIRES................................................................................... 19
    8.4       PROVISION OF CRICKET SCORERS ......................................................................................... 19
    8.5       GENERAL NACO INFORMATION ........................................................................................... 20
9      NCL ELIGIBLE PLAYERS, REGISTRATIONS AND TRANSFERS .................................... 20
    9.1     REGISTRATION CATEGORIES ................................................................................................. 20
    9.2     PLAYER RESTRICTIONS .......................................................................................................... 21
       9.2.1    Registration Restrictions ................................................................................................. 21
       9.2.2    Match day Team Restrictions (Applies to all NCL Divisions) ......................................... 21
    9.3     JUNIOR PLAYERS IN OPEN AGE CRICKET ............................................................................. 22
    9.4     CLUB RESPONSIBILITY WHEN REGISTERING PLAYERS ........................................................ 22
    9.4.1 WEB-BASED REGISTRATION OF NCL PLAYERS – ALL DIVISIONS ....................................... 22
    9.4.2 HOW TO REGISTER ................................................................................................................. 22
    9.5     NCL PLAYER DUAL REGISTRATIONS AND UNREGISTERED PLAYERS ................................. 23
       9.5.1    Dual Registrations – NCCCA (Academy) ........................................................................ 23
       9.5.2    Dual Registrations - All Other Clubs .............................................................................. 23
       9.5.3    Playing an Unregistered Player ...................................................................................... 23
       9.5.4    Attempting to Hide an Unregistered Player .................................................................... 23
    9.6     LATE PLAYER REGISTRATIONS ............................................................................................. 23
    9.7     LATE REGISTRATION RESTRICTIONS .................................................................................... 24
    9.8     PLAYER TRANSFERS ............................................................................................................... 24
    9.9     NCL PLAYER TRANSFER DEADLINE...................................................................................... 25
10         PROFESSIONALS .................................................................................................................... 25

11         DISPUTES.................................................................................................................................. 25
    11.1      INTERPRETATION OF THE LAWS OF CRICKET ....................................................................... 25
12         NCL MATCH RESULTS ......................................................................................................... 25
    12.1      NCL MATCHES PLAYED – ALL DIVISIONS.................................................................. 25
    12.2      NCL GROUND REPORTS ................................................................................................... 25
    12.3      NCL FAIR PLAY REPORTS ............................................................................................... 26



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13  CODE OF CONDUCT, THE SPIRIT OF CRICKET, DISCIPLINE, DISCIPLINARY
PROCEDURE, RIGHT OF APPEAL AND HEARINGS .................................................................. 26

14       NCL ANNUAL DINNER AND PRESENTATION OF AWARDS ....................................... 26
  14.1       NCL TROPHY INSURANCE COVER ............................................................................... 26
15       NCL LEAGUE HANDBOOKS ................................................................................................ 26

16       NCL GROUND CRITERIA AND GRADINGS ..................................................................... 26

17       NCL YOUTH POLICY AND GUIDANCE............................................................................. 27
  17.1 PREMIER DIVISION YOUTH REQUIREMENTS (ECB REQUIREMENT) ................................... 27
  17.2 DIVISION 1 YOUTH REQUIREMENTS ...................................................................................... 28
  17.3 DIVISION 2 YOUTH REQUIREMENTS ...................................................................................... 28
  17.4 DIVISION 3 YOUTH REQUIREMENTS ...................................................................................... 28
  17.5 DIVISION 4 YOUTH REQUIREMENTS ...................................................................................... 28
    17.5.1 Combined Youth Teams ................................................................................................... 28
  17.6 DIVISIONS 5 TO 14 YOUTH REQUIREMENTS .......................................................................... 28
  17.7 NCL YOUTH CRICKET GUIDELINES ...................................................................................... 29
  17.8 NCL GUIDELINES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE LEAGUE’S YOUTH REQUIREMENTS ... 29
  17.9 SAFE HANDS POLICY AND VETTING CHECKS........................................................................ 29
18       NCL FINES AND PENALTIES ............................................................................................... 32

18.1     LATE PAYMENT OF ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS & OTHER MONIES ....................... 32
  18.1A LATE, INCORRECT, INCOMPLETE OR FAILURE TO POST MATCH RESULT
  DETAILS ON THE LEAGUE’S RESULTS WEBSITE AND THE LEAGUES OFFICIAL
  PLAY-CRICKET WEBSITE (ALL DIVISION’S) ......................................................................... 32
  18.1B LATE GROUND REPORTS ................................................................................................ 33
  18.1C CLUB FAILURE TO ATTEND THE LEAGUE AGM, EGM OR OTHER
  MANDATORY NCL MEETINGS OR EVENTS............................................................................ 33
  18.2 FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE NCL COMMITTEES WITH INFORMATION ............ 33
  18.3A FAILURE TO ELECTRONICALLY BULK REGISTER PLAYERS BY 20TH MARCH33
  18.3B PLAYING OF UNREGISTERED PLAYERS OR ATTEMPTING TO HIDE AN
  UNREGISTERED PLAYER ............................................................................................................ 33
  18.3C PLAYING PLAYERS, REGISTERED WITH ANOTHER NCL CLUB .......................... 33
  18.3D CLUBS REGISTERING PLAYERS IN THE INCORRECT CATEGORY (SEE 9.2) .... 34
  18.3E PLAYERS FOUND TO BE REGISTERED TO PLAY WITHIN TWO PREMIER
  LEAGUES .......................................................................................................................................... 34
  18.3F PREMIER & DIVISION 1 TEAMS FAILING TO PROVIDE A NON-PLAYER
  SCORER ............................................................................................................................................ 34
  18.3G PLAYING AN UNDER AGE PLAYER ............................................................................... 34
  18.4 FAILING TO FULFIL A FIXTURE DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES OTHER THAN
  ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS .......................................................................................... 34
    18.4.1 FAILING TO FULFIL A FIXTURE AND THE AWAY TEAM DECIDES TO TRAVEL .. 34
  18.5 FAILURE TO RETURN LEAGUE TROPHIES................................................................. 34
  18.6A FAILURE TO NOTIFY THE LEAGUE OF RESIGNATION ........................................... 35
  18.6B FAILURE TO NOTIFY THE LEAGUE OF AMALGAMATION .................................... 35
  18.7 STRENGTHENING OF NCL TEAMS. ............................................................................... 35
  18.8 FIRST X1 – BEST AVAILABLE 11 PLAYERS.................................................................. 35
  18.9 FAILURE TO APPOINT A CLUB WELFARE OFFICER. .............................................. 35
  18.10 PLAYER DISCIPLINARY FINES AND PENALTIES ...................................................... 35
  18.11 PAYMENT OF FINES TO THE NCL ................................................................................. 35
  18.12 CLUBS LEAVING THE LEAGUE AND OWING MONIES ............................................ 36
  18.13 RECOVERY OF ABORTIVE EXPENSES ......................................................................... 36
  18.14 RIGHT OF APPEAL - (NON DISCIPLINARY ISSUES) .................................................. 36
19       NCL MATCH BALLS .............................................................................................................. 37



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20       COMPLAINTS .......................................................................................................................... 37

21       GENERAL NCL PLAYING RULES (ALL DIVISIONS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED)
         37
  21.1 THE TOSS ................................................................................................................................ 37
  21.2 SCHEDULED STARTING TIMES ............................................................................................... 37
  21.3 TEA INTERVALS ...................................................................................................................... 38
    21.3.1 Provision of NCL Match Teas ......................................................................................... 38
  21.4 DURATION OF NCL MATCHES, MAX OVERS IN THE FIRST INNINGS AND OVER RATES ..... 38
  APPENDIX A – TIME / OVERS TABLE ........................................................................................ 39
  21.5 BOWLER OVER RESTRICTIONS AND BOWLER INJURED ....................................................... 40
  21.6 ECB DIRECTIVES – YOUNG PLAYERS ................................................................................... 40
    21.6.1 Fast Bowling Directive for Young Players ...................................................................... 40
    21.6.2 Wearing of Helmets by Young Players ............................................................................ 41
    21.6.3 Fielding Distances for Young Players ............................................................................. 42
    21.6.4 ECB Guidelines for Junior Players in Open Age Cricket ................................................ 43
  21.7 LAWS OF CRICKET (2000 CODE 4TH EDITION 2010) AND PENALTY RUNS ............................ 44
  21.8 PENALTY RUNS ....................................................................................................................... 44
  21.9 WICKET KEEPER GLOVES (EXCESSIVE WEBBING). ............................................................. 45
  21.10 ARTIFICIAL CRICKET PITCHES .............................................................................................. 45
  21.11 UNDERARM BOWLING ............................................................................................................ 45
  21.12 THE USE OF COVERS / COVERING SHEETS (PREMIER AND DIVISIONS 1 TO 9 GROUNDS) ... 46
  21.13 SPARE BALLS .......................................................................................................................... 46
  21.14 FIRST AID ................................................................................................................................ 46
APPENDIX 1                  COMPOSITION OF DIVISIONS FOR SEASON 2012 .................................... 47

APPENDIX 2                  SAMPLE TEAM SHEET (SIDE ONE) .............................................................. 48

APPENDIX 2                  SAMPLE TEAM SHEET (SIDE TWO) ............................................................. 49

APPENDIX 3                  CHRONOLOGICAL SUMMARY OF NCL KEY DATES. ............................. 50

SECTION 2 - COMPETITION RULES – PREMIER DIVISION. .................................................. 51
  1     MATCH START TIMES............................................................................................................. 51
  2     OVERS / SIDE, MATCH DURATION AND DELAYS. .................................................................. 51
  3     START DELAYED – ADVERSE WEATHER. .............................................................................. 51
  4     PLAY INTERRUPTED – FIRST INNINGS – ADVERSE WEATHER. ............................................. 51
  5     PLAY INTERRUPTED – SECOND INNINGS – ADVERSE WEATHER. ......................................... 52
  6     OVERS CALCULATIONS. ......................................................................................................... 52
  7     MATCH ABANDONED. ............................................................................................................. 52
  8     POINTS SYSTEM. ..................................................................................................................... 52
    8.1     Bonus Points for Draw or Lose. ...................................................................................... 53
  9     BETWEEN INNINGS.................................................................................................................. 53
SECTION 3 - COMPETITION RULES – DIVISION 1. ................................................................... 54
  1     MATCH START TIMES............................................................................................................. 54
  2     OVERS / SIDE, MATCH DURATION AND DELAYS. .................................................................. 54
  3     START DELAYED – ADVERSE WEATHER. .............................................................................. 54
  4     PLAY INTERRUPTED – FIRST INNINGS – ADVERSE WEATHER. ............................................. 54
  5     PLAY INTERRUPTED – SECOND INNINGS – ADVERSE WEATHER. ......................................... 55
  6     OVERS CALCULATIONS. ......................................................................................................... 55
  7     MATCH ABANDONED. ............................................................................................................. 55
  8     POINTS SYSTEM. ..................................................................................................................... 55
    8.1     Bonus Points for Draw or Lose. ...................................................................................... 56
  9     BETWEEN INNINGS.................................................................................................................. 56
SECTION 4 - COMPETITION RULES – DIVISIONS 2 TO 5. ....................................................... 57



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  1     MATCH START TIMES............................................................................................................. 57
  2     OVERS / SIDE, MATCH DURATION AND DELAYS. .................................................................. 57
  3     START DELAYED – ADVERSE WEATHER. .............................................................................. 57
  4     PLAY INTERRUPTED – FIRST INNINGS – ADVERSE WEATHER. ............................................. 57
  5     PLAY INTERRUPTED – SECOND INNINGS – ADVERSE WEATHER. ......................................... 57
  6     OVERS CALCULATIONS. ......................................................................................................... 58
  7     MATCH ABANDONED. ............................................................................................................. 58
  8     POINTS SYSTEM. ..................................................................................................................... 58
    8.1     Bonus Points for Draw or Lose. ...................................................................................... 59
  9     BETWEEN INNINGS.................................................................................................................. 59
SECTION 5 - COMPETITION RULES – DIVISIONS 6 TO 8. ....................................................... 60
  1     MATCH START TIMES............................................................................................................. 60
  2     OVERS / SIDE, MATCH DURATION AND DELAYS. .................................................................. 60
  3     START DELAYED – ADVERSE WEATHER. .............................................................................. 60
  4     PLAY INTERRUPTED – FIRST INNINGS – ADVERSE WEATHER. ............................................. 60
  5     PLAY INTERRUPTED – SECOND INNINGS – ADVERSE WEATHER. ......................................... 60
  6     OVERS CALCULATIONS. ......................................................................................................... 61
  7     MATCH ABANDONED. ............................................................................................................. 61
  8     POINTS SYSTEM. ..................................................................................................................... 61
    8.1     Bonus Points for Draw or Lose. ...................................................................................... 62
  9     BETWEEN INNINGS.................................................................................................................. 62
SECTION 6 - COMPETITION RULES – NCL DIVISIONS 9 TO 14. ............................................ 63
  1         MATCH START TIMES............................................................................................................. 63
  2         OVERS / SIDE AND MATCH DURATION AND DELAYS. ............................................................ 63
  3         START DELAYED - ADVERSE WEATHER. ............................................................................... 63
  4         MINIMUM OVERS TO CONSTITUTE A WEATHER INTERRUPTED MATCH............................. 63
  5         PLAY INTERRUPTED - FIRST INNINGS - ADVERSE WEATHER. .............................................. 64
  6         PLAY INTERRUPTED – SECOND INNINGS - ADVERSE WEATHER........................................... 64
  7          NUMBER OF OVERS AVAILABLE TO THE SIDE BATTING SECOND ...................................... 64
  8         DETERMINATION OF THE WINNING TEAM. ........................................................................... 64
  9         DECISION TO ABANDON THE MATCH DURING THE SECOND INNINGS. ................................. 64
  10        POINTS SYSTEM ...................................................................................................................... 65
  11        BATTING AND BOWLING BONUS POINTS TABLE. .................................................................. 65
  12        BATTING BONUS POINTS FOR THE TEAM BATTING SECOND. ............................................... 65




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SECTION 1 LEAGUE RULES – (APPLIES TO ALL NCL DIVISIONS)

1      INTRODUCTION

The League shall be known as the Hevey Building Supplies Northamptonshire Cricket League
herein after referred to in this document for convenience as The League or NCL. At the
discretion of the NCL Strategy Committee, The League’s Title or any of its Divisions may
incorporate words or symbols referring to a sponsor or other appropriate body. The League will
comprise a number of Divisions, each of 10 or 12 teams and promotion and relegation will be
possible between all Divisions subject to satisfying certain key criteria. Matches to be played as
per the Laws of Cricket (2000 code 4th Edition 2010) unless these rules indicate otherwise.

The objective of The League shall be to promote the highest playing standards of competitive
league club cricket within Northamptonshire and its environs consistent with support for the
principles outlined in the County Cricket Development Plan for Northamptonshire and for the
Northants Recreational Cricket CIC (NRC).

1.1    ECB CODE OF CONDUCT

NCL Member clubs shall play Cricket in accordance with the ECB Code of Conduct, and within
the Spirit of the Game and the Laws of Cricket.

1.2    AFFILIATION

All NCL member clubs shall be a member of the NRC or their Home County Cricket Board and
through affiliation, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). This is a mandatory
requirement. The League is affiliated to the ECB and the NRC.

1.3    FINANCIAL YEAR AND LEAGUE AUDITORS

For auditing purposes, The League’s financial year shall run from the 1st October to the 30th
September. The League’s appointed current auditor is Robert Brown F.C.A. The League’s
Finance & General Purposes Committee reserves the right to change The League’s auditor at any
time and with due notice.

1.4    INSURANCE RECOMMENDATION

The League strongly recommends that all NCL clubs take out (purchases) adequate and appropriate
insurance cover for the protection of their club, members, players, officials and spectators. The
League currently uses Marshall Wooldridge as their own insurers and they will be pleased to
provide advice and recommendations. They can be contacted via www.marshallwooldridge.com
The League will not be held responsible under any circumstances, nor
entertain any claims forwarded onto them by any member club which
has failed to take out appropriate insurance cover. Any NCL club which
finds itself involved in an insurance claim, will be totally responsible for
resolution of that claim.
2      NCL STRATEGY COMMITTEE AND OTHER COMMITTEES

The affairs of the NCL shall be managed by a Strategy Committee in conjunction with a number of
other NCL Committees. The Strategy Committee will have the prime responsibility for


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maintaining a strategic overview of The League and to ensure that The League’s primary
objectives are consistently met and to take The League forward. It will also co-ordinate and direct
as necessary, the activities of all the NCL Committees, receive regular reports and minutes in a
timely fashion from the Committees and also take on a scrutiny role. This may involve calling in a
NCL Committee to debate / discuss a decision / recommendation or referring committee decisions
back for re-consideration. The NCL Committees however, will make most decisions /
recommendations and the expectation is to keep to a minimum, those decisions vested in the
Strategy Committee, or the Clubs at a general meeting.

2.1       Composition of the Strategy Committee
The Strategy Committee shall comprise The NCL Chairman, Vice Chairman and a representative
(usually the Chairman, or in his absence, his nominated deputy) from each of the following NCL
Committees:-

            Discipline
            Finance and General Purposes
            Fixtures
            Grounds
            Handbooks and Media
            Registrations and Results
            Rules and Constitution
            Youth

The General Secretary of The League (Non-Voting) shall also attend all Strategy Committee
meetings.

The NCL Chairman, Vice Chairman, the General Secretary, the Treasurer, the two Registration
Secretary(s), the Fixture Secretary(s) and Match Secretaries and committee members shall all be
elected by the NCL member clubs at The League’s AGM.
Each Registration Secretary shall have prime responsibility for the NCL clubs listed below,
however when necessary, either shall have full authority to adjudicate:

             Registration Secretary         Responsible for NCL Clubs with the Initials
               Charlie Bridgeford                         A to K inclusive.
                 Paul Critchley                           L to Z inclusive.

The Strategy Committee may elect a President, Vice Presidents, Honorary Handbook Editor and
Life Members.

2.2       Administration of The League
The affairs of The League shall be administered by The Strategy Committee in conjunction with a
number of other NCL Committees and these shall be as demanded and as follows:

            Discipline
            Finance and General Purposes
            Fixtures
            Grounds
            Handbooks and Media
            Registrations and Results
            Rules and Constitution
            Youth




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2.3     Make up of The League’s Committee’s
Each NCL Committee will comprise a Chairman and Secretary and an appropriate number of
committee members as deemed necessary to fulfil the task(s).

2.4     NCL Committee Meeting Quorum Details
NCL Committee meeting quorums shall be as follows:

           A quorum at a Strategy Committee meeting shall comprise 50% of the committee
            members.
           A quorum at a Committee meeting shall comprise 50% of the committee members.

2.5     Strategy Committee Powers to Call Meetings and form Additional Committees
The Strategy Committee may call a General Meeting of all clubs at any time and form additional
Committees as required for the efficient running of The League.

2.6     Strategy Committee Powers to Make Administrative Changes
The Strategy Committee in conjunction with the other NCL Committees has the power to make
amendments to any of these League Rules of an administrative nature, as it considers necessary for
the proper and efficient running of The League.

2.7     Strategy and Other Committee Powers
The Strategy Committee in conjunction with the other NCL Committees shall have the power to
recommend to the Annual General Meeting, or to an Extraordinary General Meeting, a proposal to
vary the structure of The League.

2.8     Co-opting Representatives
The League will co-opt a representative from the Northamptonshire Association of Cricket
Officials (NACO) with full voting rights and all Committees shall have the power to co-opt
additional members (also with full voting rights) at any time to ensure the efficient running of The
League.

3. ANNUAL (AND EXTRA-ORDINARY) GENERAL MEETINGS

3.1     NCL Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held during the October to December period each
year to receive reports, elect officers and make any alterations to The League and Section rules.
Any proposal(s) to alter The League or Section rules shall be forwarded in writing on Club Headed
Paper (in electronic / soft copy format to aid distribution) to the Honorary General Secretary by the
Chairman or Secretary of the NCL Club concerned before the first day of October. Further, the
proposed rule change(s) shall be seconded by at least one other NCL club.
The Honorary General Secretary shall then give the Chairman and Secretary (or other club official)
of each member club a minimum of fourteen days written notice of the meeting agenda and any
proposed League or Section rule alterations, together with the date and venue of the AGM.

3.2     NCL Extra Ordinary General Meeting
An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) may be called at any time and with due notice (fourteen
days) following a formal written request (e-mail accepted) being forwarded to the Honorary
General Secretary from at least five member clubs from any one Section and the payment of £75.00
to cover the expenses of holding such a meeting. The fee to be returned at the discretion of the
meeting. Such EGM’s shall be conducted under the same rules and have the same powers as an
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3.3     NCL Clubs not Represented at a General Meeting
A club not represented at a General Meeting (AGM or pre-season EGM) shall be penalised. See
paragraph 18.1c. Each club has a requirement to send just one representative to a NCL General
Meeting and this representative (well briefed by their club) will be permitted to vote on all items
of business which affect all teams within their club and which play within The League. See also
paragraphs 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4. For the sake of clarity this means that if a Club has four teams playing
in The League only one Club member needs to attend a General Meeting, but the Club will still be
entitled to four votes whenever a vote is required.

3.4     NCL Meetings with Clubs
From time to time, NCL member clubs may be invited to attend meetings and events with any of
The League Committees, sometimes these meetings will be important and require a mandatory
attendance by the clubs invited but this will be specified in the League’s initial communication and
adequate notice (not less than 14 days) will be given. When a club is invited to attend an
important meeting or event and mandatory attendance is required, the invited clubs shall
attend. Failure to attend (unless there are extenuating circumstances) shall result in a fine of
£25.00. See also rule 18.1c.


3.5     NCL Club’s Own Officer Details
All clubs participating in The League are encouraged and expected to hold their own club AGM in
good time such that they are able to confirm their club officer positions and contact details to the
League General Secretary & Handbook Editor for the forthcoming season via the NCL Grounds
website (www.nclgrounds.co.uk/clubschg2.asp). In any event, this club officer information shall be
accurately provided to the League General Secretary & Honorary Handbook Editor before the 31st
January by completing and submitting the form found at www.nclgrounds.co.uk/clubschg2.asp,
including all mandatory fields. (Every club must go through the update screen even if no
changes are needed. This will automatically update the "last changed" date.) This will ensure
that all appropriate officer information is available and up to date for the League handbook and
confirm that every club has visited the web site. Emergency changes to contact details thereafter,
shall also be the responsibility of the club to update via www.nclgrounds.co.uk/clubschg2.asp, this
will inform the League's Honorary General Secretary who will then inform all other clubs affected.
See also paragraph 18.2.

4. FORMATION OF NCL COMMITTEES, MEETING FREQUENCY AND
VOTING
4.1  Strategy Committee and Committee Meetings Formation and Voting
The composition of the Strategy Committee and NCL Committees for the year shall normally be
determined at the first joint meeting of all elected NCL personnel after The League’s AGM. Also,
a Chairman and a Secretary of each NCL Committee will be appointed and ratified at this meeting
for the coming season by The League Chairman. At all committee meetings, each committee
member shall have one vote, except the Chairman of the meeting who, if necessary, shall have a
casting vote.

4.1.1 NCL Strategy Committee Meetings
Strategy Committee meetings shall normally be held quarterly unless the Chairman decides that
additional meetings are deemed necessary. A minimum of 14 days notice shall normally be given
for these meetings.

Prior to such meetings, it is imperative that each NCL Committee submits a high level summary
report of the status of their work and recommendations to the NCL Chairman (or his deputy) in a
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The Chairman shall be proactive in ensuring that these reports are available to the Strategy
Committee members in good time for these meetings.

4.1.2   NCL Committee Meetings
Committee meetings shall be held as frequently as appropriate. The frequency shall be determined
at the first committee meeting and communicated to all other committees and the Strategy
Committee.
Each Committee Secretary shall be responsible for producing the committee meeting minutes and
ensuring that these are circulated to all other committee members, committees and the Strategy
Committee in a timely fashion.

4.1.3   NCL Strategy Committee Meetings - Voting
At Strategy Committee meetings, each Strategy Committee member present shall have one vote. If
necessary, The League Chairman shall have a casting vote.

4.1.4   NCL Committee Meeting Voting
At Committee meetings, each committee member present shall have one vote. If necessary, the
Chairman of the committee meeting shall have a casting vote.

4.2     NCL General Meeting Voting
At General Meetings, all NCL member teams represented on the night (albeit by a single person)
shall have one vote each. The NCL Chairman shall have a casting vote if necessary.

4.3     Voting on Rule Amendments to Section 1
An alteration to the NCL rules contained in SECTION 1 will require at least a two-thirds majority
in favour by all the NCL clubs represented (one vote per member team) at the General Meeting.
The NCL Chairman shall have a casting vote if necessary.

4.4     Voting on Rule Amendments to Sections 2 to 6
An alteration to the playing rules contained in SECTIONS 2 to 6 will require a two-thirds majority
in favour for the amendment to be carried. Voting on such issues will be limited to the appropriate
clubs affected (one vote per member team affected). Teams promoted and relegated will be
eligible to vote in their new SECTION.

4.5     Voting by New Clubs / Teams Entering The League
New clubs / teams elected and entering The League shall be entitled to attend the Annual General
Meeting and vote on matters of business, but are not allowed to submit proposed rule change(s).

5. NCL JOINING FEE, ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS AND ECB MONIES
5.1   Initial Joining Fees
The League’s joining fee for each team which did not participate in The League during the
previous season shall be £25.00 and this shall be payable with the club’s application. Should the
application to join The League be rejected, then the joining fee(s) shall be returned in full. The
League’s F&GP Committee reserves the right to change this joining fee at any time.

5.2     NCL Annual Subscriptions and Other Monies
Additionally, an annual subscription of £15.00 for each team participating in The League and all
other monies due (as per The League’s Honorary Treasurer’s initial invoice, this usually covers,
cricket balls, handbooks, NCL dinner tickets and membership to the NRC etc) shall be payable in
full no later than the pre-season EGM. Any club which has not paid the full amount as invoiced
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during the period that the invoiced monies remain unpaid. This applies to all teams within the club.
Note, paid in this context means when received as invoiced by The League’s Honorary
Treasurer.

NCL Premier and Division 1 teams also have an obligation to pay Panel Umpire fees and clubs
have the choice of paying these fees 100% up front (at the pre-season EGM, together with all other
NCL fees due) or later in the season, as two deferred payments.
The League’s Honorary Treasurer will however, submit only one invoice (the initial invoice, for
the full amount) and it will be left to the discretion of each Premier and Division 1 club to
determine when they wish to pay their Panel Umpire fees having due regard for the payment due
dates stated. (Note where no Panel Umpire payment is received at the Pre-Season EGM, deferred
payments will automatically be assumed by The League’s Honorary Treasurer. See table
immediately below:-

          Invoice         Percentage Due           Approx. Invoice         Payment Due Date
           Type                                          Date
           Initial             100%                Pre-season EGM           Pre-season EGM
         Deferred 1     50% of Umpires Fees        Pre-season EGM              15th June.
         Deferred 2     50% of Umpires Fees        Pre-season EGM             15th August.

Reminders for these two deferred payments will not be sent out by The League’s
Honorary Treasurer.
Again, any club which has not paid the full amount as invoiced by the payment due dates will be
notified and will not be credited with any points during the period that the invoiced monies remain
unpaid. This applies to all teams within the club. Note, paid in this context means when
received as invoiced by The League’s Honorary Treasurer.

5.3     Monies from the ECB
Grants forthcoming to The League as an accredited ECB Premier League shall be equally
distributed among the Premier Division clubs participating. The League reserves the right to
withhold any part of this grant in the event of any Premier Division club owing money to The
League. The additional, administrative and other grants forthcoming from the ECB shall be held
centrally by the NCL Treasurer and shall be available for The League’s use.

5.3.1 ECB Requirements Relating to Premier League Accreditation
Premier Division clubs shall note that there are a number of ECB requirements for our ongoing
Premier League Accreditation. The NCL has a League Web Site on Play-Cricket.Com and we
must ensure, as a minimum that Premier League fixtures, results and the Premier League table are
available on this site and are updated after each round of matches. The ECB also strongly
encourages lower Divisions of The League to participate.
It is also a requirement that all Premier League clubs activate their free site on Play-Cricket.Com
and enter, as a minimum, their ground and clubhouse details, team information and at least one
club contact address and e-mail address in the ‘about us’ section of their site. The ECB has
advised the NCL that the administration grant (mentioned in paragraph 5.3) will not be paid until
this requirement has been met.
Further, the ECB request that all Premier League clubs enter full scorecards as well as summary
results, in order to allow comprehensive details and statistics to be displayed on Play-Cricket.Com
to give Premier League cricket much greater visibility across the country.
Also, the ECB has stated that the Premier League club grant will only be paid to Premier
clubs that have already obtained Clubmark accreditation and that Premier League clubs
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Division 2 clubs shall obtain Clubmark by the 1st September following the season in
which they are promoted; this effectively gives any newly promoted club (to Division 1) a
minimum of 12 months to gain the requisite accreditation.

A Division 1 club which has not received Clubmark accreditation by 1st
September 2012 will be relegated into Division 2.
6. STRUCTURE OF THE LEAGUE
6.1   NCL Divisions and Sections
The NCL League shall comprise five playing sections. The Strategy Committee will monitor
League membership to ensure that the maximum number of teams per Division never exceeds 12
with the lowest Division accommodating the remainder. The lowest Division may have more or
less than the 12 teams but the fixtures will be arranged to ensure that adequate cricket is available
to those clubs. No club shall be permitted to have more than one team in any one Division. The
only exception to this shall be the lowest Division where under certain circumstances; it may be
necessary to admit a new club with two teams at the outset. Additionally:

                Section 1 comprises the Premier Division only, 12 Northamptonshire Premier First
                 X1 teams which shall be managed and financially audited in accordance with current
                 ECB requirements.
                Section 2 comprises Division 1 only with a maximum of 12 teams.
                Section 3 comprises Divisions 2 to 5 inclusive with a maximum of 12 teams per
                 Division.
                Section 4 comprises Divisions 6 to 8 inclusive with a maximum of 10 teams per
                 Division.
                Section 5 comprises Divisions 9 and beyond. Divisions 9 to 13 shall comprise a
                 maximum of 10 teams per Division and the lowest Division, the remainder.

6.2      Determination of Divisional Champions
At the end of each season, the team with the greatest number of points in each Division shall be the
champions. However, in calculating all Divisional positions preference shall be given to:

        1. The team with the most points
        2. The team with the most victories
        3. The team with the most ties.
        4. The team with the highest aggregate points from the fixtures between the member clubs
           on equal points.
        5. The team with the fewest defeats

If the teams then remain equally qualified, a decision as to which team shall be promoted or
relegated shall be voted upon by the appropriate sections only at the AGM in accordance with rule
4.
6.3    Promotion and Relegation between the Premier Division and Divisions 1 and 2
for Season 2012
Promotion and relegation shall be as follows.

       Between the Premier Division and Division 1, one up and one down
       Between Division 1 and Division 2, two up and two down

For the sake of clarity, one team will be promoted from Division 1 and two teams relegated from
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Also, for a team to be eligible for promotion to the Premier Division or Division 1 it must have a
second X1 playing in The League during the same season in which the promotion is achieved.
Similarly, a Premier or Division 1 team which withdraws its second X1 team from The League will
automatically be relegated to Division 2 for the following season.

6.4       Promotion and Relegation between Divisions 3 to 14 for Season 2012
Promotion and relegation shall be as follows.


         Divisions 3 and 4 shall be two up and two down.
         Division 5 shall be two up and three down.
         Division 6 to 13 inclusive shall be three up and three down.
         Division 14 shall be three up.

6.4.1 Change of Promotion and Relegation Arrangements – All NCL Divisions
An NCL Committee or any NCL club may put forward a proposal in readiness for The League
AGM to change the promotion and /or relegation arrangements between adjacent Divisions of the
NCL. For the sake of clarity, this includes adjacent NCL Divisions, irrespective of their
playing section. Where such a change is proposed, this change will be voted upon only by the
clubs affected by the change and in attendance at the AGM. Examples of this are shown below:

       A proposal put forward by a Premier Division team would only involve voting by the
        Premier and Division 1 teams.
       A proposal put forward by a Division 1 team to change promotion only, would only be
        voted upon by the Premier Division and Division 1 teams, whereas, a proposal put forward
        by a Division 1 team to change both promotion and relegation, would be voted upon by
        the Premier Division, Division 1 and Division 2 teams.

A team shall not be permitted to submit two separate proposals (i.e. one in respect of promotion
and one in respect of relegation) at the same time in order to reduce the number of teams eligible
to vote.

A two thirds majority vote in favour shall be required for the motion to be carried. Where the
motion is carried the changes agreed shall become operational for the forthcoming season.

This rule only, over-rides rule 4.3 of this section.

6.5       NCL Criteria for Promotion
Teams eligible for promotion between SECTIONS must meet the applicable League criteria for the
higher Section in terms of:

               Ground / facilities criteria / grading (effective initially for season 2005 and all
                seasons thereafter, see paragraph 16)
               Supporting a second X1 team for the Premier Division and Division 1. Further, for a
                side to be promoted to the Premier Division and Division 1, the club must have a
                second XI in the NCL during the season in which the promotion is achieved. (See
                also 6.3).
               Youth criteria applicable in the Premier and Divisions 1 to 3 inclusive (see paragraph
                17)

6.6       Promotion to the NCL Premier Division
Promotion to the Premier Division will be determined by full compliance with ECB requirements.
Additionally, all first X1 teams playing in the Premier and Division 1 must have a second X1


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playing in The League. (The only club not requiring a second team to be eligible to play in
these Divisions is the Northamptonshire County Cricket Club Academy, NCCCA).

6.7     NCL Teams Unable to be Promoted
In the event of a team winning a Division but neither meets The League’s criteria to qualify for
promotion, or cannot be promoted (e.g. two teams from the same club in one Division) the team
finishing second will be promoted subject to meeting the criteria and being within 20% of the
champion’s points total. This provision will only apply between the Premier Division and Division
1.

6.8     NCL Team Resignation after the AGM
In the event of a team / club resigning after the A.G.M, or during the season, the Strategy
Committee shall have the power to decide upon promotion or relegation issues involved or call an
EGM to debate and decide the issue.

6.9     Applications to join The League
Clubs or teams wishing to join The League shall submit their application in writing, to the
Honorary League General Secretary no later than 31st July. New teams will normally be allowed
to join at the lowest Division unless there is sufficient justification to join at a higher level. The
final decision will rest with the clubs at the AGM and if a club is allowed into the NCL at a higher
level there are likely to be implications regarding the promotion and / or relegation of teams in the
Division taking the new team and the Divisions below. All applications received shall be
considered. The club’s ground and availability, playing / changing facilities and youth policies
(The League’s entry criteria) shall be investigated by the appropriate NCL committees. Where
clubs meet The League’s criteria these clubs shall be put forward in a proposition to join The
League at the AGM. Late applications through extenuating circumstances may only be considered
at the discretion of the Grounds Committees and if time permits to investigate the club’s League
entry criteria before the end of the applicant’s playing season and prior to the AGM.

6.10    Resignations from The League
Clubs / teams wishing to resign from The League shall inform the Honorary General Secretary of
their intention in writing by the 31st August. Teams / clubs failing to do so will be fined. See
paragraph 18.6a.

6.11    Clubs or Teams Amalgamating
Clubs / Teams wishing to amalgamate shall inform the Honorary General Secretary of their
intention in writing by the 30th September (see also paragraph 18.6b). After this date, it may be
necessary to use the names of the teams / clubs in use before the intended amalgamation. In this
case, full details will be given at the pre-season E.G.M.

6.12    Expulsion from The League
Not withstanding a decision of the Disciplinary Committee a team / club may only be expelled by
The League’s member clubs at a General Meeting with a two-thirds majority vote in favour by the
member teams represented.

7       ARRANGEMENT OF NCL FIXTURES

The NCL is a Saturday League and so all NCL cricket fixtures shall predominantly be played on
Saturdays. Unless special arrangements are made (at an AGM or EGM) each team will play every
other team in their Division on a home and away basis. The only exception to this rule may be the
lowest Division where depending upon the number of teams participating; some alternative fixture
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The NCL fixtures for the forthcoming season shall be arranged by the Honorary Fixture Secretary
immediately after the previous season has ended and all promotion and relegation has been
determined.
Ground availability data and club requests in respect of free dates will not be taken into
consideration and the fixtures will be compiled on the basis that each team’s ground is available for
the duration of The League’s playing season. It will then become the responsibility of the
individual NCL clubs to ensure that they have a ground of the correct standard for each of their
allocated home games.
The Honorary Fixture Secretary shall circulate a fixture list each year which has been approved by
the Strategy Committee, advising all member clubs of their fixtures and dates for the following
season.

7.1     Fixture Window for all NCL Divisions
The fixture window for the top six NCL Divisions will be 22 consecutive Saturdays during the
period April 21st to September 21st as the two extremes. As near as possible, the fixtures in the
lower Divisions will take place during May, June, July and August. April and September dates will
only be used if necessary. Sundays and Bank Holidays will only be used as a last resort.

7.2     Initial Communication of Fixtures and Details of Free Grounds
The NCL fixtures for the forthcoming season, together with a list of free NCL cricket grounds will
be made available via the Web Site by the Honorary Fixture Secretary. This will normally be
undertaken during December but a timetable will be available on the Web Site from the end of the
previous season informing Clubs of the exact date of publication.
Clubs that rely upon third party ground(s) for their third, fourth and fifth team etc fixtures shall
confirm in writing to the Fixture Secretary and the Grounds Committee the ground(s) they
propose to use for the coming season by the 1st October if they are different to those used during
the previous season. New grounds / venues will be subject to the usual vigor’s of NCL inspection
by the Grounds Committee prior to approval being given for use.

7.3     How to Make a Fixture Change
Should a ground become unavailable for any reason, the fixture can be moved to a new venue or, as
a last resort, to a more suitable date. However, prior to any change of date, the Club must contact
their opponents to ascertain a mutually agreeable date. Details of any proposed change shall be
communicated to the NCL Fixture Secretary in writing. The NCL Fixture Secretary will review the
proposed change and if acceptable, will communicate the change to both clubs affected, the Results
Secretary and panel umpires where applicable. If the change is unacceptable for any reason, the
Club requesting the change will be notified and the reason(s) stated. All disputes will be dealt with
by the Fixtures Committee.

7.4     Change of Venue to Accommodate a Fixture
NCL teams are at liberty to use an alternative match venue, however, the alternative ground(s)
offered will normally meet (or better) the appropriate ground criteria for the Section. Where prior
approval is given for the use of an alternative venue, which then subsequently becomes unavailable
for use and no match is played, the home side (responsible for the change of venue) shall be fined
and have points deducted as per rule 18.4.

7.5     Change of NCL Fixture Date
NCL teams playing in the Premier Division and up to and including Division 5, a change in fixture
date will only be granted in very exceptional circumstances.
Matches in the lower NCL Divisions can be changed to another Saturday date on which League
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Matches can only be changed to a Sunday or Bank Holiday date in very exceptional circumstances
and then only with the permission of the Fixtures Committee. No game shall be played outside the
Fixture Window for that Division.

7.6     Re-arrangement of NCL Fixtures by Date or Venue
All changes requested shall be reviewed by the NCL Fixtures Committee and the outcome
communicated to the interested parties.

7.7  Failing to Fulfil a NCL Fixture Due to Circumstances Other Than Adverse
Weather Conditions
Any team / club refusing / failing to fulfil a fixture or where a fixture is prematurely terminated due
to extenuating circumstances, these occurrences shall be dealt with by The League’s Registration
and Results Committee. (See also paragraph 18.4)

7.8     Fixture Cancelled or Terminated due to Exceptional Circumstances
Where a fixture is cancelled or terminated due to exceptional circumstances (i.e. not weather
related), a full report shall be submitted on Club Headed paper to The League’s General Secretary.

7.8.1 Clubs with Multiple Teams – Conceding a Fixture
When a club concedes a fixture for any other than its lowest division team, all teams in lower
divisions are deemed to have conceded and will be subject to the same sanctions.

7.9     Fitness of Ground for Play
There will be occasions when grounds appear unfit for play but captains and grounds men are
requested to give ground conditions time to recover. In any event, matches shall not be cancelled
earlier than 2 hours before the scheduled start time through bad weather.

When the visiting team is advised (by telephone, not text or e-mail) by the home team and fully
accepts that the conditions are absolutely unfit for play and decides not to travel, there shall be no
redress whatsoever. In all other circumstances (i.e. when the visiting captain does not accept that
the ground may be unfit for play) both teams (i.e. all 22 players) shall attend the ground to fulfil the
fixture at the scheduled start time. The visiting team shall retain the right to inspect the ground
when both teams (i.e. all 22 players) and umpires shall meet 15 minutes before play is due to start.
In these circumstances, should the home team (the 11 nominated players in attendance) fail to meet
the entire away team (again the 11 nominated players in attendance) then they (the home team) will
be fined as per rule 18.4.1.
For Premier and division one matches only, the umpires shall assume responsibility for the state of
the ground, 30 minutes before the scheduled start of play. In all other divisions, the home ground
authority is responsible for the state of the ground until such time as the toss is made (see
paragraph 21.1) at which time the umpires assume responsibility for the state of and supervision of
the ground conditions. The umpire(s) shall decide whether the ground is fit for play having due
regard for the safety of the players and any damage to the ground, which may ensue. If the umpires
fail to agree, no play will be possible. Where neither team has an umpire, the decision to play or
not shall revert to the home club ground authority whose decision shall be final. In the case of a
delayed start, the captains and umpires should before abandoning the match, take into account the
possibility of play commencing later having due regard to the provisions shown in sections 2, 3, 4,
5 and 6.

7.10    Nomination of Teams, Best Eleven Players and Incomplete Teams
In the Premier and Division 1 both sets of team member’s names, including the age of all under
19’s shall be completed on a team sheet prior to the toss and handed to the umpires and these shall
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during the game to ensure that the young players’ restrictions regarding bowling and the wearing of
helmets etc. are strictly observed.
In all other Divisions team sheets shall only be completed when requested by the umpire(s) and
such requests must always be met. Therefore all teams should have available team sheets for
completion in these circumstances. See Appendix 2 for a sample team sheet.

Each club shall carry out faithfully its 1st team fixtures with its best available eleven players. In
the event of a shortage of players, all clubs shall provide its best available eleven players for the
first team and not less than eight players for its second team, third or fourth team etc. In the event
of any club failing to comply with this requirement the club shall be penalised in accordance with
rule 18.8.
Further, the minimum number of players for any NCL fixture to proceed is shown below in table 1
below.
Should a team (immediately before the toss) have less than the minimum number of players
required to start the game but is expecting other players to arrive to meet the minimum
requirement, the toss shall be awarded to the opposition and the start of play delayed either until
sufficient players are in attendance (and willing to play) or for a maximum of 60 minutes,
whichever is the sooner. The overs available to the team responsible for the delayed start will then
be adjusted in accordance with table 1 shown below, unless the captains agree that both teams
shall have an equal number of overs:

 Table 1
  Division(s)    Minimum Players for                           Overs Lost
                  Match to proceed
  Premier                8                  (Time lost in minutes minus 15 or 60 see Section
                                             2 – Overs Calculation / late Starts etc) / 3.6 &
                                                                round up.
  1 to 5                    8              (Time lost in minutes minus 15 or 30 see Sections
                                           3 & 4 – Overs Calculation / late Starts etc) / 3.6
                                                               & round up.
  6 to 14                   8                    (Time lost in minutes) / 3.6 & round up

Further, once 60 minutes has elapsed, (and a team is still short of the minimum number of players)
the match shall be abandoned and the result sheet shall be completed with a full explanation.
Where matches are abandoned under such circumstances as described in this paragraph, the team
causing the abandonment shall be dealt with in accordance with rule 18.4.

Other players arriving 120 minutes after the scheduled start time or after the conclusion of the first
innings (whichever is the sooner) shall not be permitted to participate in the match. The fact that a
team is short of a player(s) must be communicated to the opposing captain and umpires before the
start of the match. The opposing captain must then be advised of the player(s) arrival at the match
irrespective of whether the side is batting or fielding.

Note. If any team fields less than eleven players and all available wickets fall, then that team is
deemed to be all out and max bowling bonus points awarded.

7.11    Strengthening of Teams
The deliberate strengthening of teams at all levels to influence promotion or to avoid relegation is
considered to be contrary to the Spirit of Cricket and brings the game into disrepute, e.g.:

     First team members into a second team
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       Third team members into a fourth team etc

7.11.1 Deliberate Strengthening of Teams

In the event of any club being reported / found guilty of this practice at any time during the season,
any points gained from the match will be disallowed and a further 15 points will be deducted.
Further offences in the same season will result in the loss of additional points and a fine (see
paragraph 18.7). Further, if the opposition team (i.e. the innocent party) draws or loses the fixture,
they will be awarded the maximum match points for their Section.

7.11.2 Strengthening of Teams – Approval Not Sought

In all Divisions, any player who has played in 12 or more higher Division games cannot play in the
last 4 matches of a lower Division game without the approval of the Chairman of the Registration
and Results Committee or the relevant League Registration Secretary.
In cases where the team or their opponents are involved in promotion or relegation, approval will
not normally be given. However, due consideration may be given to players out of form or
returning from injury. Clubs shall ensure that due and adequate notice (5 days) is given when such
judgements are required.
Should this rule be breached, 15 points will be deducted, The Results & Registrations Committee
will adjudge whether 7.11.1 has also been breached, in this case only the sanction from 7.11.1 will
apply.

8        UMPIRES & SCORERS

8.1      Appointment of Umpires for the NCL Premier and Division 1
The Northamptonshire Association of Cricket Officials (NACO) shall appoint (independent) panel
umpires for the Premier Division and Division 1 only of The League. Panel umpires fees will be
charged at the current rate of £40.00 per umpire per match. In cases when only one umpire is
available the fee is £60.00.
These fees will be reviewed when requested by NACO and at appropriate intervals. Any new fees
will be agreed and fixed jointly by NACO and The NCL Strategy Committee.

8.2      Umpires for all other NCL Divisions
Ideally, in all other Divisions of The League, each team shall provide its own experienced or
qualified umpire. When only one team provides a non-playing experienced or qualified official, he
shall automatically stand at the non-striker’s end, by right, for the duration of the game. Any team
that does not provide a non-playing umpire, thus causing the umpire from the opposing team to take
the non-striker’s end for the whole of the match (as entitled) shall pay that umpire £20.00. The
umpire receiving the fee shall attend the whole of the game.

8.3      Recruitment of Cricket Umpires
The primary source of cricket umpires whether panel or club, is the clubs. There is an expectation
that all clubs will encourage its members to train and participate as umpires. All clubs may be
required to submit details of how they intend to address this issue, when a shortage of umpires
exists and also submit names of members attending umpire training courses. Information regarding
the training of umpires and scorers can be obtained from the Northamptonshire Association of
Cricket Officials (NACO) website www.nacusweb.co.uk Clubs can also refer to the NACO
handbook, 'Clear Intentions' a copy of which has been sent to each NCL club.

8.4      Provision of Cricket Scorers
In the Premier Division and Division 1 only, each team shall provide a non-player scorer. When a
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books on the other scorer, the defaulting team shall pay the other team’s scorer £15.00. Persistent
failure of teams in the Premier and Division 1 to provide a non-player scorer shall result in a fine
or points deduction (see paragraph 18.3f). Ideally, in all other Divisions of The League, every team
shall provide their own non-player scorer. However, where this is not possible, then the batting
side shall assume responsibility for completing both the home and away team score books and for
ensuring that the details are correct in each.
PC based scoring packages are now readily available and where these are used by a club’s scorer,
the entire match information shall be made available via an appropriate and readily available file
and emailed or a printed paper copy posted to the opposition team secretary or scorer (within 5
working days) upon request.

8.5     General NACO Information

Information regarding: Umpire Appointments, Fair Play Award, Laws & Regulations, Branch
Officers, Clear Intentions, Meetings Diary and much more can be found on the NACO website
www.nacusweb.co.uk

9       NCL ELIGIBLE PLAYERS, REGISTRATIONS AND TRANSFERS

The following rule (9.1) applies to both the male and female gender and is in accordance with
current ECB guidelines. These ECB guidelines may be subject to change from time to time.

9.1     Registration Categories
A player shall be permitted to play in The League for one club only, (however see paragraph 9.5)
and shall be registered to play in The League in the following player categories:

                  Category 1. A player who is qualified to play for England and is not a category
                   two player – See definition below or
                               A player who is not qualified to play for England and who has
                                been a permanent resident in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern
                                Island, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for a total period of 4
                                consecutive years immediately before his registration as a category
                                one player and
                               Who during the 18 month period immediately before his
                                registration as a category one player has not been out of the
                                countries named for longer than 35 days consecutively or 70 days
                                in total and for whom any remuneration from cricket is not the
                                main source of his income.
            Or
                  Category 2. A contracted player – to a first class county - \any contract a
                   player has with a first class county, irrespective of its type, will make him a
                   contracted player.
            Or
                  Category 3. An Overseas player – as defined by the ECB.
            Or
                  Category 3E An overseas player (Exempt) – a player who is not qualified to
                   play for England and who has been a permanent resident in England, Wales,
                   Scotland, The Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for a period of 18 months
                   immediately before his registration and
                              Who during the 18 month period has not been out of the Countries
                               named for longer than 35 days consecutively or 70 days in total
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                              For whom any remuneration from cricket is not the main source of
                               his income.
                 Qualification of cricketers to play for England
                  Subject to the overriding discretion of the ECB, acting with the consent of The
                  International Cricket Council, a cricketer will only be qualified to play for
                  England in a Test Match or a One Day International Match if:
                      1.1       he is either a British Citizen or an Irish Citizen and
                      1.2.1     he was born within England and Wales; or
                      1.2.2 he has been resident in England and Wales for the immediately
                               preceding four consecutive years; and
                      1.3      he has not during the immediately preceding four consecutive years
                               either played cricket for any Full Member Country outside the EEA
                               at U17 level or above, or played First Class Cricket in any such
                               Full Member Country except as an overseas cricketer under local
                               rules similar to regulation 3, or in any other circumstances
                               approved by the ECB ; and
                      1.4      In the case of a cricketer seeking to become qualified under 1.2.2
                               above he will (until he has become qualified to play for England)
                               only be treated as having been resident within England and Wales
                               for the relevant consecutive period if he has spent a minimum of
                               210 days in each year within England and Wales (for which
                               purpose “year” shall mean a year ending 1st April).

       WARNING OF SEVERE PENALTY

        It is the responsibility of each NCL Club to ensure that all their players are
        registered in the correct category. It shall be the responsibility of the Club to
        provide proof of player category but only when required to do so by The League
        and within 7 days of the date of the formal written request. All complaints
        received by The League in this regard will be fully investigated and the player(s) in
        question will not be allowed to play further in the NCL until the investigation is
        concluded. Any breach of this rule (registering a player in the wrong category) will
        be subject to disciplinary action and dealt with in a severe manner, (significant
        points deduction). (See paragraph 18.3d).
        Further, where such a player or players (is / are found to be registered in the wrong
        category) and plays / play in any winning NCL fixture, the opposition side shall be
        awarded 15 points plus any points accrued from the fixture.


9.2    Player Restrictions

9.2.1 Registration Restrictions

       Category 1 – No restrictions.
       Category 2 – No restrictions.
       Category 3 – Maximum of one per team & two per club.
       Category 3E – No restrictions.

9.2.2 Match day Team Restrictions (Applies to all NCL Divisions)

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        Category 2 – No restrictions.
        Category 3 & 3E - No more than three in total per team.

9.3     Junior Players in Open Age Cricket

        The League has adopted the ECB guidelines regarding Junior Players as part of its
        registration procedure. As such, The League will reject registrations of players who are too
        young and who do not meet the criteria outlined in paragraph 21.6.4 and specifically sub
        paragraph 9.
        Further a team found guilty of playing an under age player shall be deducted 15 points.
        (See paragraph 18.3g)

9.4     Club Responsibility when Registering Players
It is the responsibility of each NCL club when registering players to ensure that all the players they
are registering pre-season have agreed to play for that club and have not been registered by
another member club of the NCL. All NCL players shall be registered prior to 20th March.

When a player is observed to be pre-season registered for more than one NCL club, as soon as that
player plays his first match he will be deemed registered for the club he has played for. However,
if any player has a financial liability to a former club and The League has been duly notified, that
player shall not be registered to play for his new club and the registration will be withdrawn until
the relevant Registration Secretary is notified by the former club that the financial liability has been
settled.

All NCL registrations shall include the player’s full name and current address, including post
code, date of birth and registration category.

9.4.1 Web-Based Registration of NCL Players – All Divisions

A Web - Based Registration System has been adopted by The League which will greatly assist all
NCL clubs with the bulk registering of their players. To enable your club to enjoy this service, the
following pre-requisites will need to be in place:

              You will need access to a Personal Computer (PC) equipped with either dial-up or
               Broadband capabilities for Internet Access.
              The Web site (www.ncl.play-cricket.com) is free, but the Registration and Results
               Committee recommends that each NCL Club purchases the optional Statistics
               Package which has an annual fee of circa £25.00.

All NCL clubs shall review their League Registered players’ data-base to ensure that the
information contained is current and correct. Use the “Edit” button to update your Clubs’ player’s
details and once saved these will be automatically sent to the HRS. Particular attention should be
paid to ensure that each registered player’s address and D.O.B. are correct.

Please note, you do not need to Re – Register all your players already on your data base, just
those who are Category 3 and Category 3 Exempt, since all players in these categories are
being de-registered by The League. Players who have left your club should also be deleted or
archived.

9.4.2 How to Register




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Should you encounter any difficulties using this service, then please contact the Registration,
Secretary. A separate user guide to aid registration is available upon request from the relevant
Registration Secretary.

9.5     NCL Player Dual Registrations and Unregistered Players

9.5.1 Dual Registrations – NCCCA (Academy)
A player (under the age of 19 on the 31st August in the preceding season) who has the opportunity
of playing for the NCCCA may also play for his NCL home club provided that he is registered by
both clubs (NCCCA and home club) by the 20th March).
Also, a dual registered player in this category (i.e. Home club and Academy) shall only be
permitted to play three times in one season against any single club within the division. The two
clubs involved will diligently monitor the matches played throughout the season by such players to
ensure that this limit is not exceeded. Failure to comply will result in a severe penalty (to be
decided by the appropriate NCL committee) to the club in breach.
Further, a player cannot be called in by the Academy for the first time after 31st July unless
approval is given by the home club AND The League Chairman or Vice Chairman.

9.5.2 Dual Registrations - All Other Clubs
Subject to the specific approval of the RR&M Committee, a player (under the age of 17 on the 31st
August in the preceding season) who has the opportunity of playing for his Home club and a
second club within the NCL may do so provided that he is registered by both clubs (Home club
and the second club). (Note, Home clubs must fulfil their own fixtures with maximum players
available first before releasing their dual registered players to the second club).
This rule has been specifically introduced to allow a young player who cannot get a regular game
in a club’s second, third or fourth X1 with his Home club to play for a second club within The
League.

9.5.3 Playing an Unregistered Player
A club found guilty of playing an unregistered player in the NCL will lose all points gained from
the match(s) in question. Further, if the opposition team (i.e. the innocent party) draws or loses the
fixture, they will be awarded the maximum match points for their Section.


9.5.4 Attempting to Hide an Unregistered Player
A club found guilty of attempting to hide the playing of an unregistered player by using the name
of a registered player, shall, in addition to losing all the points gained from the match, have a
further 50 points deducted. Further, if the opposition team (i.e. the innocent party) draws or loses
the fixture, they will be awarded the maximum match points for their Section.

9.6     Late Player Registrations
All clubs wishing to late register additional and eligible players (e.g. a player not registered for
another club) may do so via the web based registration system only. Late registrations on the day
of the match and before the scheduled start time will be accepted.
The registration shall provide details of the player’s full name and date of birth, registration
category and current address including post code. Where a club late registers a player (using
this system), who after League registration investigation is found to be an ineligible player, then
retrospective and appropriate action will be taken against the club. Clubs are therefore advised to
be diligent and to fully qualify all such registrations. See also paragraph 9.7 immediately below
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9.7      Late Registration Restrictions
All clubs shall not be permitted to late register players after 31st July without the permission of the
relevant Registration Secretary or the Chairman of the Registration and Results Committee.
Permission is only likely to be given where new players are required to ensure a second, third or
fourth team has a sufficient number of players. In the first instance, please contact the appropriate
Registration Secretary by email, (currently - (ncl.transfers@gmail.com ). In an emergency, please
contact the appropriate Registration Secretary (for your club) by telephone as listed in the
handbook & on The League Website.

9.8       Player Transfers
After the end of the cricket season all players are deemed to be free agents and during the
following season are able to play for any club they choose, except for those players with a financial
liability to their former club (refer to paragraph 9.4). In this case, the registration for another club
will only be approved as soon as the NCL relevant Registration Secretary is satisfied that the
financial liability has been settled and a transfer will then be required.

In normal circumstances, when there is a requirement to transfer a player:

       The secretary of the NCL club the player is moving to shall contact the NCL relevant
        Honorary Registration Secretary (HRS) (via email with a copy to the player’s current club
        secretary) and advise both parties of the impending / proposed transfer details.

       The club secretary of the player’s departing club shall respond soonest via email making
        the club’s views known to the relevant HRS with a copy to the club secretary of the
        player’s proposed new club.

       If all is OK (i.e. there are no objections etc from the transferring club), the club the player
        is moving to shall add the transfer to Play-Cricket.com, the relevant HRS will confirm
        this detail back to both club secretaries involved in the transfer, and approve on Play-
        Cricket.com and the transfer is complete.

       If all is not OK (i.e. there are some objections from the player’s current club), the relevant
        HRS will summarise the objection(s) and confirm this / these via email to both club
        secretaries. The transfer is therefore not completed until the objections are resolved.
        Note, a change of club will not normally be allowed if a player has not fully discharged his
        financial liabilities to his previous club.

Further, a player owing monies to a former cricket club (any cricket club within or outside of the
NCL) and then proceeds to play for another club in the NCL and this is then formally brought to
the attention of NCL League officials shall be:

       Immediately suspended by The League and shall not be allowed to participate in any
        further NCL fixtures for any club until the outstanding debt has been fully investigated and
        then confirmed as resolved to The League.

A player (over the age of 19 on the 31st August in the preceding season) registered for a Premier
Division club in the NCL and eligible to play for either the club’s 1st or 2nd team cannot play in
another ECB Premier League for any Club without a transfer. Similarly, a player registered to play
for a club in any other ECB Premier League cannot play for any team in the NCL without a
transfer. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the defaulting NCL club being
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9.9       NCL Player Transfer Deadline
NCL Player(s) cannot be transferred after the 31st July unless there are exceptional circumstances.
The Results and Registrations Committee shall preside / adjudicate over all such exceptional
circumstances and communicate their decision accordingly.

10        PROFESSIONALS
No limit is placed on the number of professionals playing for a NCL club, providing they are bona
fide registered players of The League.

11        DISPUTES
11.1      Interpretation of the Laws of Cricket
Any dispute regarding the interpretation of the Laws of Cricket shall be referred to the
Northamptonshire Association of Cricket Officials for settlement. Contact details can be found on
the NACO website www.nacusweb.co.uk

12        NCL MATCH RESULTS

12.1      NCL MATCHES PLAYED – ALL DIVISIONS
In all divisions, the home team representative must post the match result (this includes abandoned
games) on The League’s website (www.nclgrounds.co.uk) by 11.00 a.m. on the Sunday
immediately following the Saturday fixture. Failure to carry out this action will result in a fine and
or the deduction of points (see 18.1a).

Further, in all divisions, the home team representative shall place full match details (i.e. the
complete scorecard, including points awarded) on The League’s official website (www.ncl.play-
cricket.com) no later than the prescribed divisional deadlines shown immediately below in the
table. Failure to do so will also result in a fine or the deduction of points.

     Division                                        Deadline
     Premier & Division 1.   12.00 noon on the Sunday immediately following the Saturday
                             fixture.
     All Other Divisions.    12.00 noon on the Monday immediately following the Saturday
                             fixture.

12.2      NCL GROUND REPORTS
All ground reports will be completed on line via www.nclgrounds.co.uk by the panel umpires and
the visiting team captain / club representative in the Premier and Division 1.
Ground reports will also be completed on line via www.nclgrounds.co.uk by the visiting captain or
their nominated representative in the remaining Divisions. These reports should be completed
within 5 days of the match and fines will be levied for failure to submit reports (see paragraph
18.1b) including abandoned matches within these timescales. There is provision within this Web
Site for the reporting of matches not played or abandoned.

The information received by The League’s Grounds Committee will be analysed and where it is
observed that a club consistently receives poor ground reports this will prompt the Grounds-
Committee to take the appropriate action. This may involve an inspection, following which, a
remedial course of action may be recommended to the club and the club will be expected to
respond within a reasonable time-scale, which will be stated. Failure to do so may result in the
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12.3    NCL FAIR PLAY REPORTS
All fair play reports for the NCL Premier and Division 1 fixtures will be completed and submitted
on line where possible (or submitted by post for subsequent down loading) via
www.nacus.web.co.uk/fpaform.asp by Panel Umpires.

13      CODE OF CONDUCT, THE SPIRIT OF CRICKET, DISCIPLINE,
        DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE, RIGHT OF APPEAL AND HEARINGS

This entire section is considered by the Strategy Committee to fall into the category of special rules
and because of this; this section will be made available in the separate NCL Rules and Guidelines
Handbook and will also be available as a download from the NCL website.

www.ncl.play-cricket.com <http://www.ncl.play-cricket.com/

14      NCL ANNUAL DINNER AND PRESENTATION OF AWARDS

The NCL shall hold an annual dinner every year to present awards to deserving clubs and
individuals as appropriate. Additionally, there is a requirement for all teams participating in The
League to purchase a minimum of two annual dinner tickets and these will be invoiced pre-
season for payment at the EGM. (Note, the requirement of all teams to pre-purchase these tickets
enables the NCL dinner organising committee to determine / book a suitable venue and fix the
ticket price well in advance of the event).

 14.1   NCL TROPHY INSURANCE COVER

All recipients of NCL trophies (both clubs and individuals) are advised to take out appropriate and
adequate insurance cover for trophies belonging to The League. The insurance cover should be
sufficient to provide a modern and equivalent size replacement trophy.
In the case of the Premier Division trophy, which is of significant value, the club wining this trophy
is advised to seek advice from The League in terms of its current value for insurance purposes.

15      NCL LEAGUE HANDBOOKS

All NCL member teams are required to purchase a minimum of ten copies of The League’s
Handbook at the invoiced rate / copy. This handbook will include a cut-down version of the
League’s Rules and Guidelines etc and will be made available to all teams. The full version of The
League’s Rules will also be posted on The League’s Website (www.nclgrounds.co.uk/rules) and
these will be capable of being down-loaded.

16      NCL GROUND CRITERIA AND GRADINGS

Clubs will normally play their cricket in the appropriate Division as determined by their Divisional
position at the end of the preceding season with promotion and relegation applying in accordance
with The League rules (see also Appendix 1 of this section). Some reshuffling may also be
necessary depending upon new admissions or resignations from The League. Also, the following
prerequisites shall apply until further notice:

             Ground / facilities criteria / grading
             Supporting a second X1 team for the Premier Division and Division 1
             Youth criteria applicable in the Premier and Divisions 1 to 3 inclusive (see paragraph
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             For all new teams / clubs wishing to enter the NCL, guaranteed ground availability
              for the duration of the fixture window, typically a minimum of 20 Saturdays. (Please
              refer to paragraphs 7.1 through to 7.4).

Details of the appropriate ground criteria and advice can be obtained from the NCL
Grounds Committee and all ground grades are included on www.nclgrounds.co.uk .

The NCL Grounds Committee will review the ground criteria on a regular basis and report changes
to the Strategy Committee for endorsement. Clubs affected by any changes will be notified
accordingly.

The grounds of all new clubs wishing to join the NCL will be assessed by the NCL Grounds
Committee to check their suitability and to fix their initial and appropriate grade.

NCL clubs wishing to have their ground grade(s) re-assessed shall apply in writing to the NCL
General Secretary during the period 1st May to 15th September. Such ground re-assessment
requests from clubs will be restricted to one per ground per year. The Grounds Committee will
deal with all requests and notify the clubs accordingly. The NCL Grounds Committee’s decision
will be final. New grades shall become effective for the following season.

For season 2010 and beyond teams eligible to play in:

        The NCL Premier Division must have a grade A
        The NCL Division 1 must have grade A1 as a minimum
        The NCL Divisions 2 to 5 must have grade B as a minimum
        The NCL Divisions 6 to 9 must have a grade B1 as a minimum
        The NCL Divisions 10 and beyond must have a grade C as a minimum

In respect of the use of non turf pitches (NTP) refer to rule 21.10 of this document.

17       NCL YOUTH POLICY AND GUIDANCE
All NCL member clubs are encouraged and expected to operate a youth cricket policy. This should
be seen by all clubs to be of paramount importance for their own future and survival. Investing
time and effort now will not only stimulate the game at grass roots level but will also be the
catalyst for your own club to flourish. Mandatory requirements in respect of youth development
vary from section to section. (See below).

17.1     Premier Division Youth Requirements (ECB Requirement)
All clubs playing in the Premier Division of The League have a mandatory minimum
requirement to run three youth teams in recognised leagues. The applicable age groups are under
11, under 13, under 15 and under 17 and the clubs are free to choose the three age groups that best
suit their club. There is also a requirement to provide the capability of “soft ball” cricket.
In the case of clubs promoted from Division 1 they will be allowed 2 years from the start of the
season following their promotion to form a third youth team playing in a recognised league.
Additionally, all clubs playing in the Premier Division of The League have a mandatory
minimum requirement to ensure that within their club they have two active Coaches with the
ECB Coaching Award (UKCC2) or its equivalent.
The requirements to run youth teams and provide qualified coaches shall not apply to the NCCCA
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17.2    Division 1 Youth Requirements
All clubs playing in Division One of The League have a mandatory minimum requirement to
run two youth teams in recognised leagues. The applicable age groups are under 11, under 13,
under 15 and under 17 and the clubs are free to choose the two age groups that best suit their club.
In the case of clubs promoted from Division Two they will be allowed 2 years from the start of the
season following their promotion to form a second youth team playing in a recognised league.
Additionally, all clubs playing in Division One of The League have a mandatory minimum
requirement to ensure that within their club they have two active Coaches with the ECB Coaching
Award (UKCC2) or its equivalent.

17.3    Division 2 Youth Requirements

All clubs playing in Division Two of The League have a mandatory minimum requirement to
run one youth team in recognised leagues. The applicable age groups are under 11, under 13, under
15 and under 17 and the clubs are free to choose the age group that best suit their club.
Additionally, all clubs playing in Division Two of The League have a mandatory minimum
requirement to ensure that within their club they have one active Coach with the ECB Coaching
Award (UKCC2) or its equivalent.

17.4    Division 3 Youth Requirements

All clubs playing in Division Three of The League have a mandatory minimum requirement to
run one youth team in recognised leagues. The applicable age groups are under 11, under 13, under
15 and under 17 and the clubs are free to choose the age group that best suit their club.
Additionally, all clubs playing in Division Three of The League have a mandatory minimum
requirement to ensure that within their club they have one active Coach with the ECB Coaching
Award (UKCC2) or its equivalent.

17.5    Division 4 Youth Requirements

There are no mandatory youth cricket requirements in Division Four. However, all clubs playing in
Division 4 of The League shall aim to run one youth team in a recognised league. The applicable
age groups are under 11, under 13, under 15 and under 17 and the clubs are free to choose the age
group that best suit their club.
Additionally, all clubs playing in Division Four of The League shall aim to ensure that within their
club they have one active Coach with the ECB Coaching Award (UKCC2) or its equivalent.

17.5.1 Combined Youth Teams

In the case of clubs in NCL Divisions 1, 2, and 3 and subject to the approval of the NCL Youth
Committee, two clubs only may merge their youth teams to meet The League’s youth team’s
criteria. It shall be the responsibility of the individual clubs to apply pre-season (by 15th April) to
the NCL Youth Committee for such concessions.

17.6    Divisions 5 to 14 Youth Requirements

Again, there are no mandatory youth requirements in these Divisions. However, all clubs playing
in these Divisions are encouraged to promote youth cricket. Many clubs will already have well
established youth teams and the Youth Committee is keen to ensure that these continue and
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17.7        NCL Youth Cricket Guidelines

For those clubs requiring high level guidance on establishing youth teams here are a few notes,
which may help:

              Appoint a Youth Coordinator to oversee Youth cricket.
              Discuss with Northants Cricket Board the support available to clubs for Youth
               Cricket.
              Appoint at least two coaches from within the club to take ownership and responsibility
               for coaching. Anyone associated with young players must be CRB vetted, see
               paragraph 17.9 below.
              Encourage these coaches to achieve a recognised coaching qualification so that they
               are well equipped to do the job. Course information is available from Northants
               Cricket Board. Your club may wish to pay for their tuition fees?
              Assess the kit requirements your club needs to enable you to deliver.
              Set aside at least one day per week during the season for netting and coaching youth.
              Organise out of season coaching sessions for your young players, indoors.
              Inform your local school headmaster what you are planning at your club and ask him
               or her to communicate the details.
              Enter your team(s) into a Youth Cricket League.

Should you require any further assistance or guidance with regard to youth development (ECB
guidelines etc.) or cricket coaching courses then please contact Derek Styman at the County
Ground, Northampton. (Telephone 01604 609253 or e-mail derek.styman@nccc.co.uk).

17.8        NCL Guidelines for the Management of The League’s Youth Requirements

This guideline is to help all NCL clubs understand how Rule 17, Youth Policy, will be enforced.

      An audit of Youth Teams will be undertaken by The League’s Youth Committee during
       June of each season and in conjunction with the Northants Cricket Board.
     This audit will identify all clubs not achieving the mandatory youth team requirements.
     Clubs not achieving the mandatory requirements will be informed of the position and a
       dialogue will commence between The League’s Youth Committee and the Club.
     These Clubs will be given the rest of the season in which they fail to achieve the
       mandatory requirements along with the following season to return to the mandatory level
       of Youth teams.
     Clubs will then be asked at the end of that season if they will be running the required
       number of mandatory teams in the following season. Failure to confirm the said number of
       teams will result in immediate relegation to the closest Division to which their Youth team
       numbers allow them to play under Rule 17.
      A club confirming the said number of teams and then failing to run those teams in the
       following season will automatically be relegated to the closest Division to which their
       Youth team numbers allow them to play under Rule 17. For logistical reasons, this will
       take place at the end of the season.

17.9        Safe Hands Policy and Vetting Checks

For residents of England and Wales, vetting checks are more commonly known as Criminal Record
Bureau (CRB) Checks and are processed by TMG CRB on behalf of the ECB.




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The list below has been developed as guidance for clubs, based on the legal right to undertake a
vetting check as a result of the postholder’s role with children. For certain posts, Club Welfare
Officers will need to assess the role of individuals within the club before making a decision
whether or not a vetting check is required. Any such applications which are not from the
mandatory listing, but based upon the guidance provided below must be accompanied by a covering
letter explaining the club’s decision and the nature of the work with children

All NCL Member Clubs are required to appoint a CLUB WELFARE OFFICER. It is also good
practice for all clubs to have a fully trained deputy Club Welfare Officer to ensure that there is
always someone available for guidance.

The ECB, NCL Strategy and Youth Committees require that all NCL member clubs pursue a policy
of CRB vetting for all the people in the following posts and anyone else who may have regular and
/ or unsupervised access to children within their club:

Roles which require a vetting check within cricket:
       Welfare Officer(s) (all within club)
       Coaches (whether volunteer or paid, assisting or leading)
       Umpires
       Scorers
       Colts / Junior Managers
       Age Group Managers
       Open Age Group Team Captains (where players under 18 are regularly in the side)
       Junior supervisors
       First Aiders Physiotherapists and Medical Support

For all other roles at a cricket club, the guidance below must be followed to see if a
vetting check is required.
The following information is provided as guidance for clubs to help with the decision making
process involved in assessing roles and responsibilities. As already mentioned, the requirement to
undertake vetting checks on an individual depends on the work they are doing with children,
whether it is paid or unpaid. The relevant type of work is defined by looking at the type of contact
with children and the time spent with children and is known, in law as “Regulated Activity”. All
other roles at a club not listed above, need to be reviewed using the flow chart which follows, to
see if there is relevant work with children. If a person is identified, who is working with children
in “Regulated Activity,” then the individual must be vetted. This is done by submitting an
application along with a covering letter explaining the club’s decision, the nature of the work with
children and how the club has determined this role to be a “Regulated Activity”.

For “Regulated Activity roles, the club needs to be aware of the legal obligations placed on a club
as a consequence.

Since October 2009, it has been a criminal offence for a barred person to work, or volunteer, in
“Regulated Activity”, or to seek or offer to do so. In addition, it is also a criminal offence to
knowingly allow a barred person to work or volunteer, in “Regulated Activity”. The maximum
penalty for these offences is either up to 5 years in prison, or a fine, or both to be decided by the
court.




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There are additional responsibilities for the club if the club decides to stop using someone who is
undertaking “Regulated Activity”. Please refer to the ECB document, “Responding to, Recording
and Reporting Concerns…” for further details on these responsibilities.

Please note that a CRB check is only valid for three years and must be renewed after this time.
Key contacts for further information on this subject:

     Martin Reece, County Welfare Officer, 01536 481618 (home) or 07912 623617 (mobile)
      and email - mreece@northamptonshire.gov.uk

     Derek Styman - 01604 609253 and email – Derek.styman@nccc.co.uk

     Or via the www.play-cricket.com website.

The appointment of a trained Welfare Officer for all NCL clubs is a mandatory requirement;
failure to comply will result in a severe penalty. Please refer to paragraph 18.9.

ECB Flow Chart for determining “Regulated Activity”:


                   Is your contact with children of a “specified nature”?

             “teaching, training instructing”;               “caring for or supervising”;
      “providing advice or guidance”;                “providing healthcare treatment or therapy”;




                 NO                                                              YES




                                                                Do you participate:

                                                         “Frequently” – Once a week or more
 Not Regulated Activity          NO                                      OR
                                                 “Intensively” – On 4 days or more in a 30 day period
                                                                         OR
                                                          “Overnight” – Between 2am – 6am




                                                                                 YES




                                                                    This is Regulated Activity




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18      NCL FINES AND PENALTIES

The appropriate NCL Committee(s) will review fines each year. Persistent offenders will be dealt
with under rule 13.

18.1    LATE PAYMENT OF ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS & OTHER MONIES

Any club which has not paid their NCL fees as invoiced and due by the pre-season EGM (the due
date) will not be credited with any points during the period that the invoiced monies remain unpaid.
This applies to all teams within the club. Note, paid in this context means when received as
invoiced by The League’s Honorary Treasurer.

NCL Premier and Division 1 teams also have an obligation to pay for their NACO Panel
Umpire fees and clubs have the choice of paying these fees 100% up front (at the pre-season
EGM, together with all other NCL fees due) or later in the season, as two deferred payments.
The League’s Honorary Treasurer will however, submit one invoice only (the initial invoice, for
the full amount) and it will be left to the discretion of each Premier and Division 1 club when they
wish to pay their Panel Umpire fees having due regard for the payment due dates stated. (Note
where no Panel Umpire payment is received at the Pre-Season EGM, deferred payments will
automatically be assumed by The League’s Honorary Treasurer. See table immediately below:-


       Invoice Type         Percentage Due          Approx. Invoice        Payment Due Date
                                                          Date
          Initial                100%               Pre-season EGM          Pre-season EGM
        Deferred 1        50% of Umpires Fees       Pre-season EGM             15th June.
        Deferred 2        50% of Umpires Fees       Pre-season EGM            15th August.

Reminders for these deferred payments will not be sent out by The League’s
Honorary Treasurer.
Again, any Premier or Division 1 club which has not paid their Panel Umpire fees by the payment
due dates (see table above) will not be credited with any points during the period that the invoiced
monies remain unpaid. This applies to all teams within the club. Note, paid in this context
means when received as invoiced by The League’s Honorary Treasurer.

18.1a LATE, INCORRECT, INCOMPLETE OR FAILURE TO POST MATCH
      RESULT DETAILS ON THE LEAGUE’S RESULTS WEBSITE AND THE
      LEAGUES OFFICIAL PLAY-CRICKET WEBSITE (ALL DIVISION’S)

                          First Offence £5.00
                          Second offence £10.00
                          Third offence £20.00 plus 4 points deducted.

For each subsequent offence (in any one season), the fine and the deducted points will double.

It is the responsibility of the home team representative to post the result on The League’s Results
website within the allotted timeframes as outlined in rule 12.1. This rule is cumulative; therefore
failure to post the result on both websites for a single fixture will count as two offences.


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18.1b LATE GROUND REPORTS

                       First offence £5.00
                       Second and subsequent offences (in any one season) £10.00

It is the away team’s captain’s / representatives responsibility (except for the Premier and Division
1 where reports are also submitted by the Panel Umpires) to submit the ground report (via the web
site www.nclgrounds.co.uk) and this shall be received by The League’s Grounds Committee
nominee within five days of the match being played.

18.1c CLUB FAILURE TO ATTEND THE LEAGUE AGM, EGM OR OTHER
      MANDATORY NCL MEETINGS OR EVENTS

Failure of a NCL club to attend The League AGM or pre-season EGM, shall result in each team of
that club being penalised 20 points, (unless there are extenuating circumstances) these deducted
points being actioned in the forthcoming season.

Failure of a club to attend any other mandatory NCL meetings or events shall result in a fine of
£25.00 to the offending club.

18.2    FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE NCL COMMITTEES WITH INFORMATION

From time to time the NCL Committees will request Mandatory Information from member clubs.
Where this information is not forthcoming by the due date specified in the communication, a fine
of £50.00 shall be levied (unless there are extenuating circumstances). Such communication(s)
sent out by The League will specify within the communication - Request for Mandatory
Information, see Rule 18.2.

18.3a FAILURE TO ELECTRONICALLY BULK REGISTER PLAYERS BY 20TH
      MARCH

Clubs failing to electronically bulk register their players by the 20th March shall be fined £20.00.

18.3b PLAYING OF UNREGISTERED PLAYERS OR ATTEMPTING TO HIDE
AN UNREGISTERED PLAYER

For each game played with a player who contravenes Rule 9.4 or 9.5.3 the club will lose all points
gained from the match or matches in question. Further, if the opposition team (i.e. the innocent
party) draws or loses the fixture, they will be awarded the maximum match points for their Section.

A club found guilty of attempting to hide the playing of an unregistered player by using the name
of a registered player, shall, in addition to losing all the points gained from the match, shall have a
further 50 points deducted. (See rule 9.5.4). Further, if the opposition team (i.e. the innocent
party) draws or loses the fixture, they will be awarded the maximum match points for their Section.

18.3c PLAYING PLAYERS, REGISTERED WITH ANOTHER NCL CLUB

A club found guilty of playing a player who is registered with and has played for another club in
the NCL shall be fined £25.00 and have 30 points deducted. Further, if the opposition team (i.e.
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their Section. The only exception to this entire rule is a genuine, player dual registration. (See
paragraphs 9.5.1 and 9.5.2).

18.3d CLUBS REGISTERING PLAYERS IN THE INCORRECT CATEGORY
(SEE 9.2)

A club found guilty of registering a player in the incorrect category in the NCL shall be deducted a
maximum of 75 points. Subsequent breaches of this rule will result in further additional penalties
as determined by the Disciplinary Committee.

18.3e PLAYERS FOUND TO BE REGISTERED TO PLAY WITHIN TWO
PREMIER LEAGUES
A player (over the age of 19 on the 31st August in the preceding season) found to be registered to
play cricket with two different ECB Premier League teams (i.e. within different Premier Leagues)
will result in the deduction of 30 points from the offending NCL Premier Division Club. (See
Paragraph 9.8)

18.3f PREMIER & DIVISION 1 TEAMS FAILING TO PROVIDE A NON-PLAYER
SCORER
A Premier or division 1 team which fails to provide a non player scorer on more than two
occasions in any one season (played matches) shall be penalised as follows:

     First occasion, a fine of £20.00
     The next single occasion, 4 points deducted.
     Thereafter, 4 points deducted for each further single occurrence.


18.3g PLAYING AN UNDER AGE PLAYER
A club found guilty of playing an under age player shall be deducted 15 points.

18.4 FAILING TO FULFIL A FIXTURE DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES OTHER
THAN ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS

A team that fails to fulfil a fixture will be fined £50.00. The defaulting team will also have 30
points deducted and the opposition team will be awarded the maximum win points available for
their section. Should any side concede more than one fixture in any one season they will be
relegated at the end of the season.

18.4.1 FAILING TO FULFIL A FIXTURE AND THE AWAY TEAM DECIDES TO
TRAVEL

A home team failing to meet the away team as per rule number 7.9 shall be fined £25.00.

18.5    FAILURE TO RETURN LEAGUE TROPHIES

All NCL League owned trophies presented to a team or club or individual shall be the
responsibility of The Club, and shall be returned by the 15th September and in good condition to
any officer of The League. Failure to do so shall result in a fine of £50.00 per trophy to the
offending club. Further, in the event that a club or individual is unable to return a trophy (for any
reason e.g. theft, damage etc) then the club / individual shall notify The League immediately and
The League will organise a replacement trophy and the club will be invoiced accordingly for the
replacement(s).


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18.6a FAILURE TO NOTIFY THE LEAGUE OF RESIGNATION

A team / club failing to notify the Honorary General Secretary of The League of their intention to
resign by the 31st August may be fined up to £200.00.

18.6b FAILURE TO NOTIFY THE LEAGUE OF AMALGAMATION

A team / club failing to notify the Honorary General Secretary of The League of their intention to
amalgamate by the 30th September shall be dealt with as the Disciplinary Committee determines.

18.7    STRENGTHENING OF NCL TEAMS.

A club found guilty of deliberately strengthening a team shall have all points gained from the
match disallowed and a further 15 points deducted. Further offences in the same season will result
in the loss of additional points and a fine not exceeding £100.00 as determined by The League’s
disciplinary committee. See also paragraph 7.11.1
Further, if the opposition team (i.e. the innocent party) draws or loses the fixture, they will be
awarded the maximum match points for their Section. Should a team be found guilty of breaching
rule 7.11.2 only, the team will be deducted 15 points.

18.8    FIRST X1 – BEST AVAILABLE 11 PLAYERS.

A club found guilty of not fielding its best available 11 players for any NCL first team fixture or
fielding less players in its first team than in its second, third or fourth shall be fined £25.00 unless
there are extenuating circumstances.

18.9    FAILURE TO APPOINT A CLUB WELFARE OFFICER.

Failure to appoint a CRB vetted Cricket Club Welfare Officer, who has also attended the
Safeguarding and Protecting Children course (formally called Child Protection and Good
Practice) and the Time to Listen seminar will be fined £100.00. (Note. Statistics will be sought
from NRC pre-season).

18.10 PLAYER DISCIPLINARY FINES AND PENALTIES

Player disciplinary penalties and fines will be bespoke and determined by The League’s
Disciplinary Committee depending upon the offence and the severity of the offence.

18.11   PAYMENT OF FINES TO THE NCL

Fines levied shall be paid within 21 days from the date shown on the initial communication
received from The League or for those fines levied during September, by the end of September of
that year to enable all League finances to be included within The League’s Balance Sheet,
otherwise an additional offence will be deemed to have been committed. Failure to comply with
the settlement of fines within these timescales will result in the fine being doubled. If the fine
remains unpaid for a further 7 days, the club will be called before the Registration and Results
Committee for the consideration of further action.

Note. An offence occurs when any breach of The League rules requires specific action by a Club
or individual within NCL defined time-scales and this action is not forthcoming. Any person or
club not discharging their fine(s) within 21 days or by the end of September for fines imposed
during that month, will be required to attend the next scheduled NCL Registration and Results


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Committee meeting to explain their reasons for non-payment and not complying with League rules.
Failure to attend the hearing will normally result in points deducted from all teams within the club
which compete in The League. Any additional fine or penalty will be dealt with by the appropriate
Committee.

18.12 CLUBS LEAVING THE LEAGUE AND OWING MONIES

Any club which leaves the NCL for any reason and owes monies to The League shall not have any
future application to rejoin The League, considered until such time as all outstanding debts are
settled in full by the Club.

18.13 RECOVERY OF ABORTIVE EXPENSES

When a club fails to fulfil a NCL fixture for any reason (unless there are extenuating
circumstances) any proper expenses incurred by their opponents will be reimbursed in full by the
offending club. In the event of a dispute the matter will be referred to The League’s Registration
and Results Committee whose decision will be final.

18.14 RIGHT OF APPEAL - (NON DISCIPLINARY ISSUES)

A player or team / club will have the right of appeal to the NCL/NRC Appeals Committee. Notice
of Appeal clearly stating the grounds (see note 1. below) must be received in writing by the
Disciplinary Committee Secretary within 7 days (see note 2. below) of the decision of the relevant
Committee, together with a deposit of £150. Upon giving Notice of Appeal the original penalty
awarded shall be held in abeyance, pending the hearing of the appeal. The Appeal will be by way
of a hearing confined only to the specific issues which must be clearly stated in the grounds
for the appeal. The NCL / NRC Appeals Committee may confirm vary or reverse the decision of
any NCL Committee and it shall have the power to increase (see note 4. below) or decrease the
penalty and award costs of the Appeal hearing. It may also consider the appeal to be without merit
(see note 3. below) and order the deposit to be forfeited. Decisions of the Appeals Committee shall
be by majority vote; where necessary the Chairman shall have a casting vote. The decision of the
Appeals Committee, or if no appeal, of the NCL Committee concerned, is final and binding. The
NCL and NRC will support and uphold decisions made against teams / clubs, players or individual
club members by ECB and other Boards, Competitions and Leagues.

Note 1.
The appeal must clearly identify (in writing prior to the hearing) the grounds on which it is based
and, although not exhaustive, for example:

           Additional new evidence has come to light that was not known, or could have been
            known or presented, prior to or during the original hearing.

Under normal circumstances, it is not sufficient grounds for making an appeal to state the
penalty was too harsh or excessive if it falls within the corrective action or penalty
parameters detailed. Both Team / Club and Individuals will be fully aware that any breach of
the Code of Conduct, Guidelines and Rules of NCL, NRC and ECB will automatically attract
such penalties where they are breached.

Note 2.
To avoid any confusion, the Disciplinary / Appeals Committee Secretary will specify the date
by which an appeal must be received.

Note 3.


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Any requested appeal that is subsequently cancelled by the appellant(s) before the hearing
will result in the appeal deposit being forfeited.

Note 4.
The Appeal Committee will treat most harshly any player or team / club who they consider
has abused the appeal process by requesting an appeal for the sole intention of allowing a
player to participate in matches during the original period of suspension imposed by the NCL
Committee concerned.

Appeals regarding Disciplinary Committee decisions are covered under
the code of conduct.
19      NCL MATCH BALLS

Each fielding side shall provide a new ball supplied by The League. The fielding side shall hand to
the umpire, before each innings commences the match ball and a spare ball of the same quality.

                  Divisions                           Ball Quality
              Premier Division.              Dukes County International A
                  Division 1.              Hunts County - Sovereign Crown AA
             All Other Divisions.          Hunts County - Sovereign Crown A

20      COMPLAINTS

All complaints against a team, player(s), umpires appointed by a club or club official(s) etc. must
be submitted in writing to The League on the Club’s Headed letter paper. The complaint must be
made on behalf of the Committee of the club and sent to The League’s Discipline and Appeals
Secretary within 10 days of the incident.

Any complaint against an independent (panel) umpire should be referred in writing to the Secretary
of the NACO using your Club’s Headed letter paper. Contact details can be found on the NACO
website www.nacusweb.co.uk

21      GENERAL NCL PLAYING RULES (All Divisions unless otherwise stated)

21.1    The Toss

The toss shall be made not earlier than 30 minutes nor later than 15 minutes before the scheduled
or delayed (through adverse weather) start time of the game and with at least one umpire present
(best practice). The captain winning the toss shall notify the opposition captain of his decision to
bat or bowl immediately. Failure to toss 15 minutes before the scheduled or delayed start time of
the game will result in the loss of the toss by the defaulting team. A team with insufficient players
in attendance to start the match when the toss is due (15 minutes before the scheduled or delayed
start time) shall forfeit the toss.

21.2    Scheduled Starting Times

Scheduled starting times for all NCL Divisions are summarised here in the tables below for
convenience only. Start times are also shown in the separate playing sections (sections 2, 3, 4, 5
and 6) so that the teams playing in those sections are at liberty to change their start times (at a



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General Meeting) should they so wish and voting shall be restricted to those sections only, seeking
a start time change:

    Division            April       1st May to 31st August.            After 31st August.
    Premier          12.00 noon            12.00 noon                       11.30 a.m.
    1 to 5            1.00 p.m.             1.00 p.m.                       12.00 noon
   AND
    Division            April       1st May to 19th August.       20th of August and beyond.
    6 to 14           1.30 p.m.             1.30 p.m.                        1.00 p.m.

The Disciplinary Committee shall investigate and if necessary, take appropriate action against any
team reported in writing to the Honorary Secretary for poor punctuality.

21.3    Tea Intervals

A tea interval of 30 minutes shall normally be taken between innings, unless the first innings is
completed within 90 minutes of the scheduled start time, in which case 10 minutes shall be taken
between innings. In this event or when bad weather intervenes, the time of the tea interval shall be
determined by the captains or, if they disagree, by the umpires. In the event of tea being taken
during an interruption for bad weather, the actual time lost shall be reduced by 30 minutes for the
purpose of calculating the number of overs to be bowled. In NO circumstances will overs be
deducted for the 10 minutes interval between innings but due allowance shall be made to bowl
these overs. In the case of an interrupted match the captains may agree to dispense with the tea
interval or if they disagree the umpires may determine whether a tea interval shall be held.

21.3.1 Provision of NCL Match Teas

In all Divisions of the NCL, the home team shall be responsible for the provision of and full
payment of the match tea.

21.4    Duration of NCL Matches, Max Overs in the First Innings and Over Rates

The following table summarises the match duration in overs and the time allocation to bowl the
allotted overs for all NCL Divisions:

         Division          Maximum Overs         Maximum overs,          Time Allocation /
                             per Match            First innings              Innings
    Premier                     110                     55              3 Hours 18 Minutes
    Divisions 1 to 5            100                     50                   3 Hours
    Divisions 6 to 14            90                     45              2 Hours 42 Minutes

If the side batting first is dismissed or declare before their maximum overs allocation is completed,
then any complete overs remaining will be available to both sides following the conclusion of the
first innings. A part completed over shall be regarded as a completed over in either innings.
A team shall forfeit one point for each complete over not bowled at the expiry of the time limit for
bowling the team’s allotted overs. However, the umpires together, shall monitor and track all time
delays which in their opinion impact on the time allowed to bowl the overs and which could
unfairly penalise the bowling side. Here are a few examples:

               Time wasting by the batting side.
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             Time spent by the fielding side in searching for balls which have left the field of
              play.
             A reasonable allowance for ball drying.
             Drinks break(s), a maximum of 5 minutes per break.

There shall be no right of appeal where independent Panel Umpires have officiated. At the
conclusion of the match, the umpires shall advise the captain of the side(s) that infringes this
condition that they will be notifying the Registration and Results Committee of the relevant details.
All match result communications with the Honorary Match Secretary(s) shall include details of the
points deducted.

APPENDIX A – TIME / OVERS TABLE

 Time              Overs to      Time            Overs to be    Time             Overs to be
 Remaining         be Bowled     Remaining       Bowled         Remaining        Bowled
  0 hrs 04 min         1          2 hrs 17 min      38          4 hrs 30 min         75
  0 hrs 08 min         2          2 hrs 21 min      39          4 hrs 34 min         76
  0 hrs 11 min         3          2 hrs 24 min      40          4 hrs 38 min         77
  0 hrs 15 min         4          2 hrs 28 min      41          4 hrs 41 min         78
  0 hrs 18 min         5          2 hrs 32 min      42          4 hrs 45 min         79
  0 hrs 22 min         6          2 hrs 35 min      43          4 hrs 48 min         80
  0 hrs 26 min         7          2 hrs 39 min      44          4 hrs 52 min         81
  O hrs 29 min         8          2 hrs 42 min      45          4 hrs 56 min         82
  0 hrs 33 min         9          2 hrs 46 min      46           4 hrs 59 min        83
  0 hrs 36 min         10         2 hrs 50 min      47           5 hrs 03 min        84
  0 hrs 40 min         11         2 hrs 53 min      48           5 hrs 06 min        85
  0 hrs 44 min         12         2 hrs 57 min      49           5 hrs 10 min        86
  0 hrs 48 min         13        3 hrs 00 min       50           5 hrs 14 min        87
  0 hrs 51 min         14        3 hrs 04 min       51           5 hrs 17 min        88
  0 hrs 54 min         15        3 hrs 08 min       52           5 hrs 21 min        89
  0 hrs 58 min         16        3 hrs 11 min       53           5 hrs 24 min        90
   1 hr 02 min         17        3 hrs 15 min       54           5 hrs 28 min        91
   1 hr 05 min         18        3 hrs 18 min       55           5 hrs 32 min        92
   1 hr 09 min         19        3 hrs 22 min       56           5 hrs 35 min        93
   1 hr 12 min         20        3 hrs 26 min       57           5 hrs 39 min        94
   1 hr 16 min         21        3 hrs 29 min       58           5 hrs 42 min        95
   1 hr 20 min         22        3 hrs 33 min       59           5 hrs 46 min        96
   1 hr 23 min         23        3 hrs 36 min       60           5 hrs 50 min        97
   1 hr 27 min         24        3 hrs 40 min       61           5 hrs 53 min        98
   1 hr 30 min         25        3 hrs 43 min       62           5 hrs 57 min        99
   1 hr 34 min         26        3 hrs 47 min       63           6 hrs 00 min       100
   1 hr 38 min         27        3 hrs 51 min       64           6 hrs 04 min       101
   1 hr 41 min         28        3 hrs 54 min       65           6 hrs 08 min       102
   1 hr 45 min         29        3 hrs 58 min       66           6 hrs 11 min       103
   1 hr 48 min         30        4 hrs 02 min       67           6 hrs 15 min       104
   1 hr 52 min         31        4 hrs 05 min       68           6 hrs 18 min       105
   1 hr 56 min         32        4 hrs 09 min       69           6 hrs 22 min       106
   1 hr 59 min         33        4 hrs 12 min       70           6 hrs 26 min       107
  2 hrs 03 min         34        4 hrs 16 min       71           6 hrs 29 min       108
  2 hrs 06 min         35        4 hrs 20 min       72           6 hrs 33 min       109
  2 hrs 10 min         36        4 hrs 23 min       73           6 hrs 36 min       110
  2 hrs 14 min         37        4 hrs 27 min       74


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21.5    Bowler Over Restrictions and Bowler Injured
Bowler over restrictions shall apply throughout The League as follows:

       Division                     Maximum Overs per Bowler / Innings
    Premier                17 - (Notes 1, 2 and the ECB fast bowling directive apply).
    Divisions 1 to         15 - (Notes 1, 2 and the ECB fast bowling directive apply).
    5
    Divisions 6 to         13 - (Notes 1, 2 and the ECB fast bowling directive apply).
    14

Note 1. If a bowler is injured during the course of an over, the over must be completed by a player
other than the player bowling the preceding or succeeding over, this part over, will count as a full
over in the bowler’s allocation.

Note 2. Further, if a match is reduced in overs prior to the start of the game for any reason, then
individual bowlers shall be restricted to 30% of the new innings overs total. (See Table
immediately below:)

       Overs Available at the Commencement of Each Innings.              30% Rounded.
                                 55                                           17
                                52-54                                         16
                                49-51                                         15
                                45-48                                         14
                                42-44                                         13
                                39-41                                         12
                                35-38                                         11
                                32-34                                         10
                                29-31                                          9
                                25-28                                          8
                                22-24                                          7
                                20-21                                          6


If however the match has already started and is subsequently
interrupted, then the original maximum over restriction shall apply.
21.6    ECB Directives – Young Players

21.6.1 Fast Bowling Directive for Young Players

The ECB fast bowling directive (see table below) over-rules the over restrictions shown in the
table above. For the purposes of these Directives a fast bowler is defined as a bowler to whom a
wicket keeper in the same age group would in normal circumstances stand back to take the ball.

               Age             Max. overs per spell          Max. overs per day
            Up to U13             5 overs per spell            10 overs per day
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            U16, U17              7 overs per spell       See Divisional restrictions
            U18, U19              7 overs per spell       See Divisional restrictions

Having completed a spell the bowler cannot bowl again, from either end, until the equivalent
number of overs to the length of his* spell have been bowled from the same end. A bowler can
change ends without ending his current spell provided that he bowls the next over that he legally
can from the other end. If this does not happen his spell is deemed to be concluded. If play is
interrupted, for any reason, for less than 40 minutes any spell in progress at the time of the
interruption can be continued after the interruption up to the maximum number of overs per spell
for the appropriate age group. If the spell is not continued after the interruption the bowler cannot
bowl again, from either end, until the equivalent number of overs to the length of his spell before
the interruption have been bowled from the same end. If the interruption is of 40 minutes or more,
whether scheduled or not, the bowler can commence a new spell immediately.

Once a bowler covered by these Directives has bowled in a match he cannot exceed the maximum
number overs per day for his age group even if he subsequently bowls spin. He can exceed the
maximum overs per spell if bowling spin, but cannot then revert to bowling fast until an equivalent
number of overs to the length of his spell have been bowled from he same end. If he bowls spin
without exceeding the maximum number of overs in a spell the maximum will apply as soon as he
reverts to bowling fast.

Captains, Team Managers and Umpires are asked to ensure that these Directives are followed at all
times.

*Any reference to he / his should be interpreted to include she / her.
Age groups are based on the age of the player at midnight on 31st August in the year preceding the
current season.

21.6.2 Wearing of Helmets by Young Players

In February 2000 the England and Wales cricket Board (ECB) issued safety guidance on the
wearing of helmets by young players up to the age of 18. The original guidance document can be
found at www.play-cricket.com/helmets. In brief, the guidance recommends that:

     Helmets with a faceguard or grille should be worn when batting against a hard cricket ball
        in matches and in practice sessions.
     Young players should regard a helmet with a faceguard as a normal item of protective
        equipment when batting, together with pads, gloves and, for boys an abdominal protector
        (box).
     Young wicket-keepers should wear a helmet with a faceguard when standing up to the
        stumps.
With the assistance of schools, cricket clubs and leagues the wearing of helmets by young players
is now standard practice in England and Wales. Helmets are widely available and covered by a
British Standard (BS 7928: 1998).
The original guidance allowed parents or guardians to give their written consent to allow a young
player not to wear a helmet. However, parental consent not to wear a helmet should not be
accepted in any form of cricket.

A face protector represents an alternative head protection system for young wicket keepers. Face
protectors are, at the time of publication of this guidance, a relatively new innovation. ECB is
currently working with manufacturers in order to achieve a British Standard in relation to all face
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Safety Guidance

In the meantime The NZ and Australian cricket helmet standard AS/NZS 4499 is the closest
standard for the faceguard. The standard has three parts to it - (4499.1) the helmet (4499.2) the
temple pieces and (4499.3) the grill. The nature of the product is such that the only relevant part of
that standard is part 3, and not all the parts of the test apply mainly because the faceguard does not
attach to a helmet.

This guidance applies to all players up to the age of 18, both in adult cricket and in all junior
cricket played with a hard cricket ball.

The guidance also applies during all practice sessions.

Any individual taking responsibility for players should take all reasonable steps to ensure that this
guidance is followed at all times.

The ECB asks that the guidance is communicated to the parents or guardians of all young players
through clubs and schools, and that young players are not allowed to bat or stand up to the stumps
when keeping wicket against a hard ball without wearing appropriate protection.

Following recommendations by the England & Wales Cricket Board, the NCL's policy is that:
                  young players, up to their 18th birthday, must wear a helmet with a
                  faceguard when batting and when standing up to the stumps when
                  keeping wicket against a hard cricket ball in matches and in practice.
                  a young player should not be allowed to bat or to stand up to the stumps
                  when keeping wicket without a helmet with a faceguard against a hard
                  ball. Coaches, managers and umpires should always ensure that a young
                  player wears a helmet.
                  players should regard a helmet with a faceguard as a normal item of
                  protective equipment when batting against a hard ball, together with
                  pads, gloves and, for boys, an abdominal protector (box).
                  there is a British Standard (BS7928: 1998) for cricket helmets and it is
                  in the best interests of players to ensure that their helmet conforms to
                  this standard.
                  this policy applies to young players in adult cricket played with a hard
                  cricket ball. It applies to all NCL teams and competitions under the
                  jurisdiction of The League and it is strongly recommended that helmets
                  should similarly be worn for practice and in recreational "friendly"
                  matches.
                  young players who wear turbans or patkas on religious grounds may be
                  exempted from the requirement to wear helmets provided written
                  parental consent is obtained.

21.6.3 Fielding Distances for Young Players

ECB regulations for minimum fielding distances for young players, in all matches where a hard
ball is used, are as follows:
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                 to field closer than 8 yards (7.3 metres) from the middle stump, except
                 behind the wicket on the off side, until the batsman has played at the
                 ball.
                 for players in the Under 13 age group and below, the distance is 11
                 yards (10 metres).
                 these minimum distances apply even if the player is wearing a helmet.
                 should a young player in these age groups come within the restricted
                 distance the umpire must stop the game immediately and instruct the
                 fielder to move back.
                 in addition any young player in the Under 16 to Under 18 age groups,
                 who has not reached the age of 18, must wear a helmet and, for boys, an
                 abdominal protector (box) when fielding within 6 yards (5.5 metres) of
                 the bat, except behind the wicket on the off side. Players should wear
                 appropriate protective equipment whenever they are fielding in a
                 position where they feel at risk.
                 these fielding regulations apply to all cricket in England and Wales.
                 Age groups are based on the age of the player at midnight on 31st
                 August in the year preceding the current season.

21.6.4 ECB Guidelines for Junior Players in Open Age Cricket

       The Northants Cricket League has adopted the ECB Guidelines for Junior Players playing
       in open age cricket. These guidelines are as follows:

       The ECB has issued guidance covering the selection and participation of young players in
       open age group cricket. It is designed to help clubs to decide when to select young players
       in open age group cricket and how best to help their cricketing development when they
       play within open age groups. The ECB keeps these guidelines under review and, following
       feedback from clubs and leagues, has revised these guidelines (initially) for the 2011
       season. The ECB will continue to monitor the impact of these guidelines and you are
       invited to feedback your thoughts and comments in writing to the ECB Non-First Class
       Cricket Department.

       1. Making the step up from junior to open age group cricket is a significant event in any
       player’s cricket experience. Ensure that the player’s safety, personal development needs
       and overall cricket experience are considered.

       2. There is no definitive age at which they should be introduced to open age group cricket
       but determine each case on an individual basis dependent on their ability and stage of
       cognitive and emotional maturity to take part at this level, however, clubs, squad coaches
       and managers must take into account the requirements on age at point 9 of this guidance

       3. ECB Fast Bowling Directives and Fielding Regulations should always be adhered to for
       junior players in open age group cricket.

       4. Provide an opportunity for players to show their talents in an appropriate way. Children
       who are just used as fielders will not fully experience the game.

       5. Be supportive at all times for all forms of effort even when children are not successful.
       Try and put them in situations where they will experience some success (however small)
       and ensure plenty of praise and encouragement.


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        6. Try and involve them in all aspects of the game wherever possible i.e. socializing, team
        talks, practice, decision making etc. so that they feel part of the team.

        7. Children will often feel more comfortable and able to perform if they have a family
        member or friend also playing in the side.

         8. Remember, children’s early experiences will remain with them always and will often
        determine whether they want to remain playing the game or give up and do something else!

        9. Players who are selected in a County U12 squad in Spring for a summer squad or
        in another squad deemed by ECB Performance Managers to be of a standard above
        'District level' for that season are eligible to play Open Age Cricket. This is providing
        they are at least 11 years old, and in School Year 7 on 1st September in the year
        preceding the season and have written parental consent to play. In allowing these
        players to play in Open Age Cricket it is essential that Clubs and Coaches recognise
        the 'Duty of Care' obligations towards these young players.

        This means that County Squad and Area Squad players, both boys and girls are able
        to play Open Age Group Cricket if they are in U12 Age group and are a minimum
        of 11 years old on 01 September of the year preceding the season. District and club
        players who are not in a County or Area squads must wait until they reach the Under
        13 age group, 12 years old, Year 8 on 01 September of the preceding year prior to
        being able to play in any Open Age Cricket, again written parental consent is
        required for these players.

        The duty of care should be interpreted in two ways:

             • Not to place a young player in a position that involves an unreasonable risk to that
             young player, taking account of the circumstances of the match and the relative skills
             of the player

             • Not to create a situation that places members of the opposing side in a position
             whereby they cannot play cricket as they would normally do against adult players.

        In addition the guidelines note the need for clubs and leagues to recognize the positive
        experience that young players should have in open age cricket and thus clubs should
        provide an opportunity for players to show their talents in an appropriate way. Children
        who are just used as fielders will not fully experience the game.

21.7    Laws of Cricket (2000 Code 4th Edition 2010) and Penalty Runs

The Laws of Cricket (2000 code 4th Edition 2010) shall apply to each Divisional fixture save as
varied by the playing regulations.

21.8    Penalty Runs

Penalty Runs shall be awarded in all NCL Divisions but only in accordance with the following
table:

       Division                     Penalty Runs Apply?              Applicable Note(s)
       Premier and Division 1                 Yes                          Note 1
       Divisions 2 to 14         Yes but see exceptions below.             Note 2


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Notes.
1      In the Premier and Division 1, the Laws of Cricket (2000 code 4th Edition 2010) will apply
       in full but Penalty Runs can only be awarded by appointed (Panel) Umpires and cannot be
       awarded by opposing players or anyone else standing-in as an umpire.

2       In Divisions 2 to 14 inclusive, five penalty runs will ONLY be awarded when the ball is in
        play and strikes an unworn helmet which is on the field of play (usually situated behind the
        wicket at the wicket keepers end and in a straight-line stump to stump) and for illegal
        fielding (as before); e.g. fielding ball with cap, or ball hitting helmet (see above).

In respect of penalty runs awarded to the bowling side in the second innings, the batting side’s
target to win or to achieve extra bonus points in a draw, will change on each and every occasion
penalty runs are awarded and the scorer / batting side should ensure that the score board indicates
the runs required for a win and the winning draw.

21.9    Wicket Keeper Gloves (Excessive Webbing).

This Cricket Law is now enforced within the NCL. For reference, Law 40.2 now reads as follows:

1.         Protective Equipment
           The wicket keeper is the only member of the fielding side permitted to wear gloves and
           external leg guards. Etc

2.         Gloves
             If, as permitted under 1 above, the wicket keeper wears gloves, they shall have no
             webbing between the fingers except joining index finger and thumb, where webbing
             may be inserted as a means of support. If used, the webbing shall be:
            (a) a single piece of non-stretch material which, although it may have a facing material
                 attached, shall have no reinforcement or tucks.
            (b) such that the top edge of the webbing
                  (i) does not protrude beyond the straight line joining the top of the index finger
                        to the top of the thumb.
                  (ii) is taut when a hand wearing the glove has the thumb fully extended.

21.10 Artificial Cricket Pitches

21.10   The League prefers that all NCL fixtures be played on grass. In the case of existing NCL
        clubs having only artificial pitches and in respect of new clubs wishing to use an artificial
        pitch, this shall be permitted. The use of artificial pitches will be regularly reviewed.
        Further, NCL League matches may only be contested on artificial pitches in Division 9
        (under exceptional circumstances and with the specific consent of the Grounds and
        Strategy Committee) and in Divisions 10 to 14.

        Further, clubs intending to use an artificial pitch for NCL League fixtures shall declare this
        pre-season (on the club contacts list or at the AGM). Also, where a League club has the
        benefit of both sufficient and suitable grass and artificial pitches, all NCL League fixtures
        shall always be played on grass. There shall be no relaxation of this rule whatsoever
        due to adverse weather conditions when a club’s grass pitch is deemed unfit for play.

21.11 Underarm Bowling

Underarm bowling is not permitted in any Division of the NCL.


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21.12 The Use of Covers / Covering Sheets (Premier and Divisions 1 to 9 Grounds)

To ensure as many games as possible are played the use of covers / covering sheets is encouraged.
The intention is that at the start of all matches the surface of the pitch should be dry. It is therefore
recommended that normally the latest time for watering the pitch is 9 .00 p.m. on the Thursday
preceding the match.

In respect of the use of covers / covering sheets the following is recommended: -

      1.     where possible they should be used at all appropriate times during the week preceding
             the match when it is raining or when rain is expected.

      2.     clubs may decide they should be used between 9.00 p.m. on Friday and 9.00 a.m. on
             Saturday.

      3.     when covering sheets are used, the ECB recommends they are used in conjunction
             with a hessian underlay.

The umpires (in the case of the Premier and Division 1) will be requested to report on the condition
of the pitch prior to the match and in particular to note whether the pitch is wet. The visiting team
may submit a complaint if the pitch is wet.
In respect of Divisions 2-9, the ground report shall record a note of the condition of the pitch prior
to the match. The visiting team may submit a complaint about the condition of the pitch.
The Grounds Committee will upon receipt of an adverse report or a complaint notify the home club
and seek an explanation as to why the pitch was wet. The Committee will investigate and if
necessary convene a hearing.

If it transpires that the home club has not taken reasonable measures to produce a dry surface the
club will lose any points gained from the match and receive a warning. If it occurs again, 30 points
will be deducted.

Also, the pitch may be completely covered at any time, including during interruptions in play. The
use of covers or coverings shall, prior to the toss, be the responsibility of the ground executive, but
after the toss, the umpires will when appropriate require the home side to place / remove the covers
or coverings on the pitch and immediate surroundings.

In the other NCL Divisions where covers / coverings are available they should be used in
accordance with the recommendations for the Premier Division to Division 9.

21.13 Spare Balls

In the case of lost balls, the bowling side should always have spare balls available of the correct
grade.

21.14 First Aid

All clubs shall ensure that well stocked First Aid facilities are available and accessible at all NCL
club venues for the treatment of injuries. A person qualified in First Aid shall also be available
whenever possible. The NCL Strategy Committee also recommends that all clubs are able to
originate a telephone call to the Emergency Services. Note, this is a mandatory requirement for
grade A, A1, B and B1 grounds.




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APPENDIX 1             COMPOSITION OF DIVISIONS FOR SEASON 2012

   Division           Number of Teams             Promotion / Relegation
   Premier                  12                    One down.

       1                       12                 One up and two down for 2012.

       2                       12                 Two up and two down for 2012.

       3                       12                 Two up and two down for 2012.

       4                       12                 Two up and two down for 2012.

       5                       12                 Two up and three down for 2012.

       6                       10                 Three up and three down for 2012.

       7                       10                 Three up and three down for 2012.

       8                       10                 Three up and three down for 2012.

       9                       10                 Three up and three down for 2012.

      10                       10                 Three up and three down for 2012.

      11                       10                 Three up and three down for 2012.

      12                       10                 Three up and three down for 2012.

      13                       10                 Three up and three down for 2012.

      14                       14                 Three up for 2012.




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 APPENDIX 2             SAMPLE TEAM SHEET (side one)

                                                                                  X1

 Versus                                                                           X1

 Umpires:                                     &

                    Players full Name.                          Under U.18’s on      Age
                                                                 the day of the     Group*
                                                                  match, must       for all
                                                                 wear a helmet      players
                                                                  (mandatory)        U19.
                                                                     (tick).
 Capt

 Wk

 3

 4

 5

 6

 7

 8

 9

 10

 11

 12


*Note

Age group is based on age at midnight on the 31st August the previous year. The Fast
Bowling Directives apply to all players in the under 19 age group and younger. Young
players are also covered by the ECB fielding regulations – please show the actual Age
Group of all players who are U19.




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      APPENDIX 2             SAMPLE TEAM SHEET (side two)

To be completed by the person responsible for the team and provided to the Umpires before
the toss takes place:

I confirm and undertake on behalf of………………………………………….Cricket Club that:

Either – (a) There are no players under eighteen years of age in today’s team.
                                                                                 Please tick

Or –(b) In line with N.C.L. policy, all players under eighteen years of age in today’s team will
wear a helmet with a faceguard when batting or when standing up to the stumps when keeping
wicket.
                                                                             Please tick

And – The ECB Fast Bowling Directives apply to the players in today’s team as shown on the
team sheet.
And
Open Age Cricket
 Players who are selected in a County U12 squad in Spring for a summer squad or in another squad
deemed by ECB Performance Managers to be of a standard above 'District level' for that season
are eligible to play Open Age Cricket. This is providing they are at least 11 years old, and in School
Year 7 on 1st September in the year preceding the season and have written parental consent to
play. In allowing these players to play in Open Age Cricket it is essential that Clubs and Coaches
recognise the 'Duty of Care' obligations towards these young players. (See NCL Rule 21.6.4)
This means that County Squad and Area Squad players, both boys and girls are able to play Open
Age Group Cricket if they are in U12 Age group and are a minimum of 11 years old on 01
September of the year preceding the season. District and club players who are not in a County or
Area squads must wait until they reach the Under 13 age group, 12 years old, Year 8 on 01
September of the preceding year prior to being able to play in any Open Age Cricket, again written
parental consent is required for these players.

                                                                              Please tick

I agree that prior to the toss I have discussed with the umpires the policy adopted by this
Club with regard to the wearing of helmets and the permitted age groups of the young
players taking part in this match.
The Club hereby agree to indemnify the Umpires from and against all actions, costs, claims
and demands (including reasonable legal fees) and any other damage suffered or incurred
arising from any injuries.

 Signed:

 Print name:

 On behalf of:
 Address of Club:

 Date:


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APPENDIX 3               CHRONOLOGICAL SUMMARY OF NCL KEY DATES.

Item Description                                                     Rule           Key Date
1      Cut-off date for all clubs to confirm their updated           3.5            31st January
       officer details to the General Secretary & handbook
       editor.
2      Calling of an E.G.M. by any group of NCL member clubs.        3.2            January    to   the
                                                                                    September period
3      Cut-off date for all clubs to bulk register their players.    9.4 & 18.3a    20th March
4      Cut-off date for the dual registration of players (Academy    9.5.1          20th March
       + Home club).
5      Pre season E.G.M, all NCL clubs to pay their fees and         5.2            April 11th (date
       collect their balls, handbooks etc.                                          advised by The
                                                                                    League)
6      First NCL invoice payable by all clubs at the pre-            5.2            April 11th (date
       season E.G.M.                                                                advised by The
                                                                                    League)l
7      Cut-off date for the combining of Youth Teams in NCL          17.5.1         15th April
       divisions 1, 2 and 3.
8      Earliest date for a NCL club applying for a ground            16             1st May
       regrading.
9      Second NCL invoice payable, Premier & Division 1              5.2 & 18.1     15th June
       clubs only, for their deferred panel umpire fees.
10     Cut-off date for new applications (clubs and teams) to join   6.9            31st July
       The League.
11     Cut-off date for new NCL players to be drafted in to the      9.5.1          31st July
       Academy team.
12     Cut-off date for all player registrations.                    9.7            31st July
13     NCL player transfer deadline.                                 9.9            31st July
14     Third NCL invoice payable, Premier & Division 1               5.2 & 18.1     15th August
       clubs only, for their deferred panel umpire fees.
15     Latest date for teams or clubs resigning from The League.     6.10 & 18.6a   31st August
16     Latest date for a club applying for a ground regrading.       16             15th September
17     Cut-off date for the provision of umpire information from     8.3            1st September
       all NCL clubs.
18     Cut-off date for all NCL owned trophies to be returned        18.5           15th September
       to The League for engraving etc.
19     Cut-off date for notification of clubs wishing to             6.11 & 18.6b   30th September
       amalgamate.
20     Cut-off date for any NCL club to propose changes to           3.1            30th September
       any of The League rules.
21     Cut-off date for change of ground information for NCL         7.2            1st October
       clubs using third party grounds.
22     League A.G.M.                                                 3.1            7th November
23     Latest date for the ordering of League cricket balls          Info only.     28th November
24     CRB vet, needs to be re-applied for since it is only valid    17.9           Every 3 years
       for three years.
25     Latest date for the payment of all NCL fines                  18.11          Invoice date + 21
                                                                                    days.
26     Division 2 teams gaining promotion, requirement to            5.3.1          12 months from
       achieve Clubmark accreditation                                               date of promotion




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SECTION 2 - COMPETITION RULES – PREMIER DIVISION.

1      Match Start Times.

             April            1st May to 31st August            After 31st August
          12.00 noon               12.00 noon                      11.30 a.m.

2      Overs / Side, Match Duration and Delays.

         Maximum Number of Overs in the          Time Allowed to bowl the Overs
                First Innings.                         (Approximately).
                        55                             3 Hours and 18 Minutes

       Also, the umpires together, shall monitor and track all time delays which in their opinion
       impact on the time allowed to bowl the overs and which could unfairly penalise the
       bowling side. Here are a few examples:

            Time wasting by the batting side.
            Injury to a player.
            Time spent by the fielding side in searching for balls which have left the field of
             play.
            A reasonable allowance for ball drying.
            Drink break(s), a maximum of 5 minutes per break.

       At the end of each innings, the umpires together shall inform both captains and scorers of
       their decision with regard to time lost and also confirm whether points are to be deducted
       due solely to slow play by the fielding side. To save time, the incoming and outgoing
       batsmen should cross on the field of play.

3      Start Delayed – Adverse Weather.
          Ignore the first 15 minutes of this delay or ignore the first 60 minutes of this delay if
           between the inclusive dates of 19th May and 28th July.
          Once this delay has exceeded the times stated above, overs are lost by both teams
           rounded down to the next even number at the rate of 1 over for each 3.6 minutes of
           lost time.
          The umpires shall inform the captains of the new start time and the number of overs
           to be bowled by each side in the match. (See Appendix A in Section 1).

4      Play Interrupted – First Innings – Adverse Weather.
          Assuming that the start was not delayed, ignore the first 15 minutes of any stoppage
           or stoppages in this innings or ignore the first 60 minutes of any stoppage or
           stoppages in this innings if between the inclusive dates of 19th May and 28th July.
          Once these interruption times mentioned above have been taken into account (either
           through a delayed start or play interrupted in the first innings) and exceeded, overs
           are now lost in the second innings only at the rate of 1 over for each 3.6 minutes of
           lost time, rounded down. (See Appendix A in Section 1 and paragraph 6 below).
          When play is interrupted during the first innings of the match, the team batting first
           shall retain the right to use all the overs available to them at the start of play.




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5      Play Interrupted – Second Innings – Adverse Weather.
          Assuming that the start was not delayed and that no time was lost in the first
           innings, ignore the first 15 minutes of any stoppage or stoppages in this innings or
           ignore the first 60 minutes of any stoppage or stoppages in this innings if between
           the inclusive dates of 19th May and 28th July.
          Once these interruption times have been taken into account (either through a delayed
           start or interruption in the first innings / second innings) and exceeded, overs shall be
           lost in the second innings at the rate of 1 over for each 3.6 minutes lost.
          However, if time was also lost during the first innings, this time shall be added to the
           time now lost in the second innings and the total time lost in the match shall be used
           to calculate the overs lost in the second innings. Again, assume 1 over lost for each
           3.6 minutes of lost time, rounded down.            (See Appendix A in Section 1 and
           paragraph 6 below).

6      Overs Calculations.
       The calculation for time lost and time remaining shall be carried out, if over rates have
       been good, it is possible that no overs are lost, if they are poor, the overs lost may appear
       excessive.

7      Match Abandoned.
       In matches where no play takes place, the match shall be abandoned once 55 overs have
       been lost. Note overs are not lost during the tea interval.

8      Points System.

       The points awarded for each match shall he determined as follows:

       Win batting first.                                 30 points. (Note - no bonus points
                                                          awarded).

       Lose the toss, bat second and win.                 25 points. (Note – no bonus points
                                                          awarded).

       Win the toss, bat second and win.                  22 points. (Note - no bonus points
                                                          awarded).

       Draw batting first.      5 points + bonus points (i.e. max of 5 batting bonus points + 1
       point for each wicket taken in the second innings, see table).

       Draw batting second. 2 points + bonus points (i.e. max of 5 batting bonus points + max 5
       bowling points, see table). Also, 2 additional points for achieving a score which is 80% or
       more, than the score set by the team batting first.

       Tie.    (Scores level irrespective of wickets down in the second innings), 20 points to each
       team. (Note - no bonus points awarded to either team).

       Lose.   Bonus points earned only.

       Match Abandoned.       (Less than 30 overs bowled in the second innings), 3 points to each
       team + bonus points earned.




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       No play.        3 points to each team.

8.1    Bonus Points for Draw or Lose.

         Runs Scored      Batting Bonus     Bowling      Bonus Bowling        Bonus
                           Points, both     Points,        first Points,     second
                            Innings.        innings / 2 wickets innings.
                                            taken.
             125                1                    1            1 Point for each
             150                2                    2              wicket taken.
             175                3                    3
             200                4                    4
             225                5                    5

       Note, in the event that either team has fewer than 11 available batsmen, then their innings
       is deemed closed when the last wicket partnership is broken, and the maximum bowling
       bonus points shall be awarded in either innings.

       The score and relevant bonus points to be awarded at the end of each innings is deemed
       provisional and cannot be confirmed until the end of the match in case penalty runs are
       imposed.

9      Between Innings.
       The popping crease should be swept and remarked in accordance with The Laws of Cricket
       (2000 code 4th Edition 2010). When ever possible, a light roller shall be available for use
       and the home side should meet the reasonable requests of the visiting team to roll the pitch
       between innings under the supervision of the umpires.

                                                 End.




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SECTION 3 - COMPETITION RULES – DIVISION 1.

1      Match Start Times.

             April           1st May to 31st August           After 31st August
           1.00 p.m.               1.00 p.m.                     12.00 noon

2      Overs / Side, Match Duration and Delays.

         Maximum Number of Overs in            Time Allowed to bowl the Overs
              the First Innings.                     (Approximately).
                      50                                  3 Hours

       Also, the umpires together, shall monitor and track all time delays which in their opinion
       impact on the time allowed to bowl the overs and which could unfairly penalise the
       bowling side. Here are a few examples:

            Time wasting by the batting side.
            Injury to a player.
            Time spent by the fielding side in searching for balls which have left the field of
             play.
            A reasonable allowance for ball drying.
            Drink break(s), a maximum of 5 minutes per break.

       At the end of each innings, the umpires together shall inform both captains and scorers of
       their decision with regard to time lost and also confirm whether points are to be deducted
       due solely to slow play by the fielding side. To save time, the incoming and outgoing
       batsmen should cross on the field of play.

3      Start Delayed – Adverse Weather.
          Ignore the first 15 minutes of this delay or ignore the first 30 minutes of this delay if
           between the inclusive dates of 19th May and 28th July.
          Once this delay has exceeded the times stated above, overs are lost by both teams
           rounded down to the next even number at the rate of 1 over for each 3.6 minutes of
           lost time.
          The umpires shall inform the captains of the new start time and the number of overs
           to be bowled by each side in the match. (See Appendix A in Section 1).

4      Play Interrupted – First Innings – Adverse Weather.
          Assuming that the start was not delayed, ignore the first 15 minutes of any stoppage
           or stoppages in this innings or ignore the first 30 minutes of any stoppage or
           stoppages in this innings if between the inclusive dates of 19th May and 28th July.
          Once these interruption times mentioned above have been taken into account (either
           through a delayed start or play interrupted in the first innings) and exceeded, overs
           are now lost in the second innings only at the rate of 1 over for each 3.6 minutes of
           lost time, rounded down. (See Appendix A in Section 1 and paragraph 6 below).
          When play is interrupted during the first innings of the match, the team batting first
           shall retain the right to use all the overs available to them at the start of play.




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5      Play Interrupted – Second Innings – Adverse Weather.
          Assuming that the start was not delayed and that no time was lost in the first
           innings, ignore the first 15 minutes of any stoppage or stoppages in this innings or
           ignore the first 30 minutes of any stoppage or stoppages in this innings if between
           the inclusive dates of 19th May and 28th July.
          Once these interruption times have been taken into account (either through a delayed
           start or interruption in the first innings / second innings) and exceeded, overs shall be
           lost in the second innings at the rate of 1 over for each 3.6 minutes lost.
          However, if time was also lost during the first innings, this time shall be added to the
           time now lost in the second innings and the total time lost in the match shall be used
           to calculate the overs lost in the second innings. Again, assume 1 over lost for each
           3.6 minutes of lost time, rounded down.            (See Appendix A in Section 1 and
           paragraph 6 below).

6      Overs Calculations.
       The calculation for time lost and time remaining shall be carried out, if over rates have
       been good, it is possible that no overs are lost, if they are poor, the overs lost may appear
       excessive.

7      Match Abandoned.
       In matches where no play takes place, the match shall be abandoned once 51 overs have
       been lost. Note overs are not lost during the tea interval.

8      Points System.
       The points awarded for each match shall he determined as follows:

       Win batting first.                                 30 points. (Note - no bonus points
                                                          awarded).

       Lose the toss, bat second and win.                 25 points. (Note – no bonus points
                                                          awarded).

       Win the toss, bat second and win.                  22 points. (Note - no bonus points
                                                          awarded).

       Draw batting first.      5 points + bonus points (i.e. max of 5 batting bonus points + 1
       point for each wicket taken in the second innings, see table).

       Draw batting second. 2 points + bonus points (i.e. max of 5 batting bonus points + max 5
       bowling points, see table). Also, 2 additional points for achieving a score which is 80% or
       more, than the score set by the team batting first.

       Tie.    (Scores level irrespective of wickets down in the second innings), 20 points to each
       team. (Note - no bonus points awarded to either team).

       Lose.                             Bonus points earned only.

       Match Abandoned.       (Less than 25 overs bowled in the second innings), 3 points to each
       team + bonus points earned.

       No play.         3 points to each team.



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8.1    Bonus Points for Draw or Lose.

         Runs Scored      Batting Bonus     Bowling      Bonus Bowling        Bonus
                           Points, both     Points,        first Points,     second
                            Innings.        innings / 2 wickets innings.
                                            taken.
             125                1                    1            1 Point for each
             150                2                    2              wicket taken.
             175                3                    3
             200                4                    4
             225                5                    5

       Note, in the event that either team has fewer than 11 available batsmen, then their innings
       is deemed closed when the last wicket partnership is broken, and the maximum bowling
       bonus points shall be awarded in either innings.

       The score and relevant bonus points to be awarded at the end of each innings is deemed
       provisional and cannot be confirmed until the end of the match in case penalty runs are
       imposed.

9      Between Innings.
       The popping crease should be swept and remarked in accordance with The Laws of Cricket
       (2000 code 4th Edition 2010). When ever possible, a light roller shall be available for use
       and the home side should meet the reasonable requests of the visiting team to roll the pitch
       between innings under the supervision of the umpires.


                                                 End.




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SECTION 4 - COMPETITION RULES – DIVISIONS 2 to 5.

1      Match Start Times.

             April           1st May to 31st August           After 31st August
           1.00 p.m.               1.00 p.m.                     12.00 noon

2      Overs / Side, Match Duration and Delays.

         Maximum Number of Overs in            Time Allowed to bowl the Overs
              the First Innings.                     (Approximately).
                      50                                  3 Hours

       Also, the umpires together, shall monitor and track all time delays which in their opinion
       impact on the time allowed to bowl the overs and which could unfairly penalise the
       bowling side. Here are a few examples:

            Time wasting by the batting side.
            Injury to a player.
            Time spent by the fielding side in searching for balls which have left the field of
             play.
            A reasonable allowance for ball drying.
            Drink break(s), a maximum of 5 minutes per break.

       At the end of each innings, the umpires together shall inform both captains and scorers of
       their decision with regard to time lost and also confirm whether points are to be deducted
       due solely to slow play by the fielding side. To save time, the incoming and outgoing
       batsmen should cross on the field of play.

3      Start Delayed – Adverse Weather.
          Ignore the first 15 minutes of this delay or ignore the first 30 minutes of this delay if
           between the inclusive dates of 19th May and 28th July.
          Once this delay has exceeded the times stated above, overs are lost by both teams
           rounded down to the next even number at the rate of 1 over for each 3.6 minutes of
           lost time.
          The umpires shall inform the captains of the new start time and the number of overs
           to be bowled by each side in the match. (See Appendix A in Section 1).

4      Play Interrupted – First Innings – Adverse Weather.
          Assuming that the start was not delayed, ignore the first 15 minutes of any stoppage
           or stoppages in this innings or ignore the first 30 minutes of any stoppage or
           stoppages in this innings if between the inclusive dates of 19th May and 28th July.
          Once these interruption times mentioned above have been taken into account (either
           through a delayed start or play interrupted in the first innings) and exceeded, overs
           are now lost in the second innings only at the rate of 1 over for each 3.6 minutes of
           lost time, rounded down. (See Appendix A in Section 1 and paragraph 6 below).
          When play is interrupted during the first innings of the match, the team batting first
           shall retain the right to use all the overs available to them at the start of play.

5      Play Interrupted – Second Innings – Adverse Weather.
          Assuming that the start was not delayed and that no time was lost in the first
           innings, ignore the first 15 minutes of any stoppage or stoppages in this innings or


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           ignore the first 30 minutes of any stoppage or stoppages in this innings if between
           the inclusive dates of 19th May and 28th July.
          Once these interruption times have been taken into account (either through a delayed
           start or interruption in the first innings / second innings) and exceeded, overs shall be
           lost in the second innings at the rate of 1 over for each 3.6 minutes lost.
          However, if time was also lost during the first innings, this time shall be added to the
           time now lost in the second innings and the total time lost in the match shall be used
           to calculate the overs lost in the second innings. Again, assume 1 over lost for each
           3.6 minutes of lost time, rounded down.            (See Appendix A in Section 1 and
           paragraph 6 below).

6      Overs Calculations.
       The calculation for time lost and time remaining shall be carried out, if over rates have
       been good, it is possible that no overs are lost, if they are poor, the overs lost may appear
       excessive.
7      Match Abandoned.
       In matches where no play takes place, the match shall be abandoned once 51 overs have
       been lost. Note overs are not lost during the tea interval.

8      Points System.
       The points awarded for each match shall he determined as follows:

       Win batting first.                                 30 points. (Note - no bonus points
                                                          awarded).

       Lose the toss, bat second and win.                 25 points. (Note – no bonus points
                                                          awarded).

       Win the toss, bat second and win.                  22 points. (Note - no bonus points
                                                          awarded).

       Draw batting first.      5 points + bonus points (i.e. max of 5 batting bonus points + 1
       point for each wicket taken in the second innings, see table).

       Draw batting second. 2 points + bonus points (i.e. max of 5 batting bonus points + max 5
       bowling points, see table). Also, 2 additional points for achieving a score which is 80% or
       more, than the score set by the team batting first.

       Tie.    (Scores level irrespective of wickets down in the second innings), 20 points to each
       team. (Note - no bonus points awarded to either team).

       Lose.   Bonus points earned only.

       Match Abandoned.       (Less than 25 overs bowled in the second innings), 3 points to each
       team + bonus points earned.

       No play.         3 points to each team.




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8.1    Bonus Points for Draw or Lose.

         Runs Scored      Batting Bonus      Bowling      Bonus Bowling        Bonus
                           Points, both      Points,        first Points,     second
                            Innings.         innings / 2 wickets innings.
                                             taken.
             125                 1                    1            1 Point for each
             150                 2                    2              wicket taken.
             175                 3                    3
             200                 4                    4
             225                 5                    5

       Note, in the event that either team has fewer than 11 available batsmen, then their innings
       is deemed closed when the last wicket partnership is broken, and the maximum bowling
       bonus points shall be awarded in either innings.

9      Between Innings.
       Whenever possible, the popping crease should be swept and remarked in accordance with
       The Laws of Cricket (2000 code 4th Edition 2010). Also, if a light roller is readily available
       for use, the home side should meet the reasonable requests of the visiting team to roll the
       pitch between innings under the supervision of the umpires.


                                                  End.




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SECTION 5 - COMPETITION RULES – DIVISIONS 6 to 8.

1      Match Start Times.

             April          1st May to 19th August      20th August and beyond.
           1.30 p.m.              1.30 p.m.                    1.00 p.m.

2      Overs / Side, Match Duration and Delays.

         Maximum Number of Overs in           Time Allowed to bowl the Overs
              the First Innings.                     (Approximately).
                      45                          2 Hours and 42 Minutes

       Also, the umpires together, shall monitor and track all time delays which in their opinion
       impact on the time allowed to bowl the overs and which could unfairly penalise the
       bowling side. Here are a few examples:

            Time wasting by the batting side.
            Injury to a player.
            Time spent by the fielding side in searching for balls which have left the field of
             play.
            A reasonable allowance for ball drying.
            Drink break(s), a maximum of 5 minutes per break.

       At the end of each innings, the umpires together shall inform both captains and scorers of
       their decision with regard to time lost and also confirm whether points are to be deducted
       due solely to slow play by the fielding side. To save time, the incoming and outgoing
       batsmen should cross on the field of play.

3      Start Delayed – Adverse Weather.
          Ignore the first 15 minutes of this delay.
          Once this delay has exceeded the time stated above, overs are lost by both teams
           rounded down to the next even number at the rate of 1 over for each 3.6 minutes of
           lost time.
          The umpires shall inform the captains of the new start time and the number of overs
           to be bowled by each side in the match. (See Appendix A in Section 1).

4      Play Interrupted – First Innings – Adverse Weather.
          Assuming that the start was not delayed, ignore the first 15 minutes of any stoppage
           or stoppages in this innings.
          Once the interruption time mentioned above has been taken into account (either
           through a delayed start or play interrupted in the first innings) and exceeded, overs
           are now lost in the second innings only at the rate of 1 over for each 3.6 minutes of
           lost time, rounded down. (See Appendix A in Section 1 and paragraph 6 below).
          When play is interrupted during the first innings of the match, the team batting first
           shall retain the right to use all the overs available to them at the start of play.

5      Play Interrupted – Second Innings – Adverse Weather.
          Assuming that the start was not delayed and that no time was lost in the first
           innings, ignore the first 15 minutes of any stoppage or stoppages in this innings.



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          Once the interruption time mentioned above has been taken into account (either
           through a delayed start or interruption in the first innings / second innings) and
           exceeded, overs shall be lost in the second innings at the rate of 1 over for each 3.6
           minutes lost.
          However, if time was also lost during the first innings, this time shall be added to the
           time now lost in the second innings and the total time lost in the match shall be used
           to calculate the overs lost in the second innings. Again, assume 1 over lost for each
           3.6 minutes of lost time, rounded down.          (See Appendix A in Section 1 and
           paragraph 6 below).

6      Overs Calculations.
       The calculation for time lost and time remaining shall be carried out, if over rates have
       been good, it is possible that no overs are lost, if they are poor, the overs lost may appear
       excessive.

7      Match Abandoned.
       In matches where no play takes place, the match shall be abandoned once 45 overs have
       been lost. Note overs are not lost during the tea interval.

8      Points System.
       The points awarded for each match shall he determined as follows:

       Win batting first.                               30 points. (Note - no bonus points
                                                        awarded).

       Lose the toss, bat second and win.               25 points. (Note – no bonus points
                                                        awarded).

       Win the toss, bat second and win.                22 points. (Note - no bonus points
                                                        awarded).

       Draw batting first.      5 points + bonus points (i.e. max of 5 batting bonus points + 1
       point for each wicket taken in the second innings, see table).

       Draw batting second. 2 points + bonus points (i.e. max of 5 batting bonus points + max 5
       bowling points, see table). Also, 2 additional points for achieving a score which is 80% or
       more, than the score set by the team batting first.

       Tie.    (Scores level irrespective of wickets down in the second innings), 20 points to each
       team. (Note - no bonus points awarded to either team).

       Lose.   Bonus points earned only.

       Match Abandoned.       (Less than 20 overs bowled in the second innings), 3 points to each
       team + bonus points earned.

       No play.        3 points to each team.




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8.1    Bonus Points for Draw or Lose.

         Runs Scored      Batting Bonus      Bowling      Bonus Bowling        Bonus
                           Points, both      Points,        first Points,     second
                            Innings.         innings / 2 wickets innings.
                                             taken.
             100                 1                    1            1 Point for each
             125                 2                    2              wicket taken.
             150                 3                    3
             175                 4                    4
             200                 5                    5

       Note, in the event that either team has fewer than 11 available batsmen, then their innings
       is deemed closed when the last wicket partnership is broken, and the maximum bowling
       bonus points shall be awarded in either innings.

9      Between Innings.
       Whenever possible, the popping crease should be swept and remarked in accordance with
       The Laws of Cricket (2000 code 4th Edition 2010). Also, if a light roller is readily available
       for use, the home side should meet the reasonable requests of the visiting team to roll the
       pitch between innings under the supervision of the umpires.

                                                  End.




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SECTION 6 - COMPETITION RULES – NCL DIVISIONS 9 TO 14.

1      Match Start Times

            April       1st May to 19th August.      20th of August and beyond.
          1.30 p.m.            1.30 p.m.                      1.00 p.m.

2      Overs / Side and Match Duration and Delays.

         Maximum Number of Overs in           Time Allowed to bowl the Overs
              the First Innings.                     (Approximately).
                      45                          2 Hours and 42 Minutes

       Also, the umpires together, shall monitor and track all time delays which in their opinion
       impact on the time allowed to bowl the overs and which could unfairly penalise the
       bowling side. Here are a few examples:

            Time wasting by the batting side.
            Injury to a player.
            Time spent by the fielding side in searching for balls which have left the field of
             play.
            A reasonable allowance for ball drying.
            Drink break(s), a maximum of 5 minutes per break.

       At the end of each innings, the umpires together shall inform both captains and scorers of
       their decision with regard to time lost and also confirm whether points are to be deducted
       due solely to slow play by the fielding side. To save time, the incoming and outgoing
       batsmen should cross on the field of play.

       If the side batting first is dismissed (all available wickets down) or declare their innings
       closed before their first innings allocation of overs is completed, then any complete overs
       remaining will be available to both sides following the conclusion of the first innings.

       A part completed over shall be regarded as a completed over for the determination of:

            The number of overs to be bowled in the second innings.
            Run rate calculations for both innings.

3      Start Delayed - Adverse Weather.

       In the event of a delayed start overs are lost by both teams rounded down to the next even
       number at the rate of 1 over for each 3.6 minutes of playing time lost.
       The umpires shall inform the captains of the new start time and the number of overs to be
       bowled by each side in the match. (See Appendix A in Section 1).
       See also paragraph 4 below, minimum overs to constitute a match.

4      Minimum Overs to Constitute a Weather Interrupted Match.

       The minimum number of overs to be bowled to constitute a weather affected match is 40
       overs. In the event of a delayed start or weather interruption(s), as soon as more than 50
       overs have been lost (i.e. 51 or more) the match will be abandoned.



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5      Play Interrupted - First Innings - Adverse Weather.

       In the event of adverse weather interrupting the first innings, overs are now lost in the
       second innings only at the rate of 1 over for each 3.6 minutes of lost time, rounded down.
       (See Appendix A in Section 1). The maximum number of overs available (to the side
       batting first) shall be half those available before the start of play. When play is interrupted
       during the first innings of the match, the team batting first shall retain the right to use all
       the overs available to them at the start of play.

6      Play Interrupted – Second Innings - Adverse Weather.

       In the event of adverse weather interrupting the second innings, the maximum number of
       overs available before the start of the second innings (i.e. 50% of the overs available at the
       start of play, plus the complete overs unused by the team batting first, minus the overs lost
       through interruptions during the first innings) shall be further reduced by one over for each
       3.6 minutes or part thereof of playing time lost.

7           Number of Overs available to the Side Batting Second

       The Number of Overs available to the Side Batting Second will fall within the range:

       1 to (50% of the overs available at the start of play, plus the complete overs unused by
       the team batting first, minus the overs lost through ALL interruptions (first and second
       innings) due to bad weather.

8      Determination of the Winning Team.

       The winning team will be determined as follows:

       1.        The team scoring the most runs wins the match.
       Or
       2.        In a weather interrupted match, and at least 20 overs have been bowled in the
                 second innings and the first innings score has not been exceeded by the team
                 batting second, then the team with the higher run rate / over wins the match. For
                 the sake of clarity, the run rate calculation for the side batting first shall be their
                 final score divided by the number of overs available to them at the start of their
                 innings. The run rate calculation for the side batting second shall be their final
                 score divided by the number of overs used in the second innings. A part completed
                 over (in either innings) shall be deemed to be complete for the purpose of these
                 calculations (e.g. 32.3 overs = 33 overs).

9      Decision to Abandon the Match during the Second Innings.

       The decision whether to abandon the match when less than 20 overs have been bowled in
       the second innings will rest with the captains in consultation with the umpires. Under
       these circumstances, due consideration shall be given to the score required to win the
       match and common sense shall prevail!

       For example.

             1. The team batting second may only require a low score to win the match.
             2. The team bowling second may have the opportunity to bowl out the batting side for
                a very low score to win the match.



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10     Points System
             A win shall count 20 points plus all bonus points accrued (see batting and bowling
              bonus points table).
             In the event of a tie (scores level at the end of the match, irrespective of wickets
              down in the second innings) 10 points shall be awarded to each team plus all bonus
              points accrued (see batting and bowling bonus points table).
             The losing side shall only be eligible to the bonus points accrued (see batting and
              bowling bonus points table).
             Matches abandoned (more than 50 overs lost (i.e. 51) through adverse weather) or
              incomplete because the side batting second (not all out) does not receive 20 overs,
              = 2 points to each team plus any bonus points accrued.

11     Batting and Bowling Bonus Points Table.

         Runs Scored     Batting Bonus Points        Wickets Taken         Bowling Bonus
                                                                           Points
             100                     1                         2                  1
             125                     2                         4                  2
             150                     3                         6                  3
             175                     4                         8                  4
             200                     5                        10                  5

       Note, in the event that either team has fewer than 11 available batsmen, then their innings
       is deemed closed when the last wicket partnership is broken, and the maximum bowling
       bonus points shall be awarded in either innings.

12     Batting Bonus Points for the Team Batting Second.

       In the second innings, if the batting side is chasing a target and gets that target (i.e. wins)
       in less than the number of overs available (at the start of play) to the side batting first, the
       “run rate / over rule” is used to calculate the number of runs that would have been scored
       off the number of overs available to the side batting first to determine the batting bonus
       points awarded to the team batting second.

       E.g. the team batting first scores 160 in 39.1 overs i.e. 40 overs (however, the overs
       available at the start of the first innings = 42).

       The team batting second scores 161 in 35.4 overs (36), the run rate per over = 4.47 (i.e.
       161/36)
       The batting bonus points for the team batting second are determined as follows:
       42 (the overs available to the side batting first) x 4.47 (the run rate / over of the side batting
       second) =187.74 (188) and so from the table, 4 batting bonus points would be awarded.


                                         End of Document.




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